April 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --
The IU Varsity Club recently sat down with London native Rosie Davies, a senior on the IU women's golf team. Rosie described her IU experience, both on and off the course.
Q: Before committing, what did you find most attractive about IU?
A: To put it simply: everything. The facilities are incredible; the academic campus is ever-growing in a positive direction. When I visited and I saw the team center, I noticed that we have one of the best short-game practice facilities in the country. I knew that everything I needed to make the most of my college experience, athletically and academically, was here.
Q: Being from London, England, what was the biggest adjustment for you coming across the pond?
A: The biggest adjustment was really being so far away from my family. I'm actually from the city, so Bloomington is very different from home. It's a different feel but I love it. Everything is centered around the university and the Hoosier family is everywhere you go. The people are so friendly here that it doesn't seem so different from home.
Q: How would you describe the "Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team?"
A: We're constantly surrounded by athletes daily. We're surrounded by different teams, especially in the Academic Center and the weight room. There is very positive energy between the teams. When I first got here, I roomed with volleyball girls. We created a support system across the 24 sports. I'm not playing for the golf team, I'm playing for Indiana University and that's something that we, as athletes, focus on every day.
Q: What does it mean to you to wear the IU uniform when you step on the first tee box?
Q: As a scholarship athlete, how do you most benefit from the aid you receive from the Varsity Club?
A: There definitely is a sense of pride every time you wear the Indiana logo during competition. It's in our mantra that we're competing for something bigger than ourselves; I think that's really important. Being a senior, I really try to instill that in the younger girls, especially the freshmen. It's so important to recognize who you're playing for. Golf is considered an individual sport, but there definitely is a team aspect to the game as well-- we're playing for the university.
It helps tremendously. I definitely appreciate it. Especially with the increasing costs of tuition, textbooks, etc., it's really nice to take that pressure off my family.
Q: If you had the opportunity to meet the donors who paid for your scholarship, what would you say to them?
A: I would tell them thank you. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to compete for Indiana University, but also to be in America because that's basically what they're allowing me to do. They have transformed me and helped me develop personally, academically, and athletically; I wouldn't be going on to what I want to achieve without them. I wouldn't have had the opportunity.
Read more about Rosie Davies.