Buckeye Spotlight - Kaitlyn Hofland
Sept. 6, 2016

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Kaitlyn Hofland is in her third season as a member of the Ohio State women's gymnastics team. After missing the 2015 season with an injury, the Brampton, Ontario, native bounced back to garner second team All-Big Ten honors last season. Hofland was excellent in her first season for the Buckeyes, tallying team season-high scores of 9.925 and 9.875 on balance beam and uneven bars, respectively, in the Buckeyes' tri-meet at Rutgers with Yale.

What was your favorite part of Bucks Go Pro? - The relationships, whether it was with supervisors, fellow interns or connecting with our awesome speakers.

What is the best piece of advice you received from BGP? - The best advice I received from BGP was to be self-aware, knowing where my skills, passions and ability to make money overlap because this will be the most fulfilling and successful place.

Which site visit did you enjoy the most? - I really enjoyed the Buckeyes Care trip, visiting Habitat for Humanity and getting hands on with the other interns was a ton of fun.

What was your group project, and what was your role in it? - My group had the Buckeye Careers project. We all worked closely together but the majority of my work was done on content for our posters and other visuals, as well as correspondence with Creative Services.

How did you decide to come to OSU? - OSU was actually a last minute change of plans for me. After being verbally committed to the University of Utah for two years I ended up here and am so grateful.

How long have you been doing your sport? - I started gymnastics at three years old. Honestly not sure what life is like without it!

Do you have any pre-game/match/meet superstitions or rituals? - If I had any pre-meet rituals before college they have disappeared and been replaced by the team’s pre-meet routines. I prefer it this way.

What is your favorite part about your sport? - Definitely just all the flipping. I notice withdrawal when I take any time off, I will actually get urges to do handstands at odd times and places.

What is the hardest thing about sport? - Gymnastics is extremely tough on the body, which just adds both mental and physical challenges. Serious injuries and plain overuse are inevitable.

How do you balance athletics and academics? - Balancing athletics and academics is a chaotic process and sometimes I find it difficult to feel like I am actually succeeding at it. Compartmentalizing is key.

Why did you choose your major? - I switched into psychology last year because I liked how broad it is, while also offering many options for specialization. I also find it extremely interesting and relevant.

What is your favorite study spot on campus? - I prefer studying at home or at a café off campus, but come finals week you will always find me at Thompson. Some of my best memories are the long hours of studying in the packed library.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far? - My favorite class is probably still my intro psych class. But business calculus is probably a close second. Great memories of struggling through it with my teammate first semester at OSU.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about? - I went to the 2013 World Championships for Team Canada.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Avocados.

Who do you most admire and why? - I most admire my teammates because each of them inspires me on a regular basis. They are awesome gymnasts but just very cool people.

Describe OSU in one word. - OSU in one word would have to be ‘family.’