Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sarah Miller, Gymnastics
March 3, 2014
Sarah Miller, a senior on the women's gymnastics team, is a three-time All-Big Ten selection. After being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011, Miller was named a second team All-American as a sophomore on balance beam. A two-time team captain, Miller was named an NACGC/W regular-season All-American last season as a junior. She is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Do you prefer The Oval in the Fall or Spring? Fall
Where is the best place to sit for lectures? First three rows or tables
Most underrated place to study on campus - Stadium Terrace at the RPAC
Why did you choose to major in sport & leisure studies? I have always wanted to work with kids. My aunt was a health and physical education teacher. I visited her at work and knew I wanted to stay involved with physical activities. Coaching would be my ideal job; my major has many classes that help me learn about working with kids and building relationships.
Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University. I was nervous about what to expect, but it wasn't too bad. All in all, I am very thankful to have had three upperclassmen (Sarah Gillespie-Rice, Colleen Dean, Lauren Ritter) help me.
Favorite TV show - Once Upon A Time
Favorite movie - Dreamgirls
Favorite book and/or magazine - Divergent Series
Favorite celebrity - Beyoncé
Last concert I attended was - BEYONCÉ!!
Favorite pro sports team - Philadelphia Phillies
Favorite athletic memory - Competing on balance beam at NCAA Regionals in 2013, while an LSU favorite, Lloimincia Hall, was doing her routine. Both of us finished almost simultaneously. Hearing the crowd cheer, hugging my teammates and coaches, then seeing the score of 9.95 which advanced me to Nationals as an individual that year was simply a memory I will never forget.
Team you're most looking forward to competing against? Always Penn State
Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend? Olympic Opening Ceremonies
Most interesting place I've visited - Killington, Vermont
Place I would like to visit - Maui, Hawaii
Favorite home cooked meal - Salmon and broccoli
Favorite snack food - Fruit
Person I most admire - My aunt, Lauren
In 10 years, I would like to be - Married with a steady job helping kids/people in some way
If I had a million dollars, I would - Donate money to cancer organizations because I would give anything for a cure. I would save money for my wedding day and future house/kids.
Most prized possession? I have four that all count as one in my eyes; a locket with a picture of my mom and me in it. A little Angel that reads "I'll Never Leave You," and my mom's high school field hockey sweatshirt. Best of all, my family.
Best piece of advice you've received? "Consider the people at each place you go, there is no wrong choice. After all it's really the people who will make a difference in your life, not the place."
If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be and what/where would you eat? My mom, my mom-mom (grandmother) and Coach Fagan. We would eat at my grandparent's house. I imagine/dream there would be a lot of smiles and laughter.
What is your hometown known for? Cheesesteaks
Pop or Soda? Soda without a doubt.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs! Dachshunds to be exact.
Early Bird or Night Owl? Absolutely not a Night Owl! Not a super Early Bird. 8 a.m. is good
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