Don't worry, you are not seeing double!! As a way to kick off the spring season, SXU Athletics thought it would be good to feature a pair of Cougar Profiles this week! Since Ashley August and Jaclyn Major are both junior setters on the SXU women's volleyball team, we thought they would be perfect for this role! Enjoy!
Jaclyn Major, a junior at Saint Xavier University from Lockport, Ill., is currently in her third year on the women's volleyball team. Major is a setter on the squad and is working toward a major in education.
Why did you choose to come to Saint Xavier?
I wanted to come to Saint Xavier because I wanted to be semi-close to home, play volleyball and still be able to manage going to school and getting good grades all at the same time.
What were your goals for this season?
My main goal for this season was to work hard for myself, all of my teammates and my coaches. I also wanted to be very supportive of my teammates, help usobtain a winning record andto make it to Nationals.
What do you think you contribute to the Athletic Program?
I think I contribute a very positive attitude and hard work ethic towards the sport and the athletic program. I try to attend as many other team's home games as I can throughout the year to show my support and dedication to the program.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Before every game, our team loves to blast music on the bus or in the locker room and just dance. Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit and Shakira are the favorites. It's the best feeling ever.
Who would you say is your favorite athlete?
I think my favorite athlete would have to be Duncan Keith. I love watching him play; his intensity and passion for his sport really inspires me. Anyone who goes through the type of pain that he did (losing seven teeth from a hockey puck to the face and continuing to play through several more games) shows their dedication to their team and an extreme determination to win.
What is your involvement on campus?
I am a member of the Future Educators at Saint Xavier University.
Do you have a favorite quote or model to live by?
My favorite quote would have to be "The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else." I love this quote, because I think it is very true. In today's world, it can be incredibly difficult for someone my age to find their true identity, because of the many pressures fromtheir peers and the media. It can be hard to be yourself and not succumb to these pressures, but not doing so shows true character.
Who would you say is your role model?
My mom and my sister are both huge influences in my life. My mom has overcome so many challenges and has been very supportive in every area of my life. I also look up to my sister and everything she has accomplished in her life.
Tell us an embarrassing or funny moment that happened during practice or a game?
One time during practice, one of my coaches was having a very serious talk with our team. We were all sitting in a circle and listening to her important speech. All of a sudden, while our coach was talking, one of my teammates passed gas SO loud- and my coach didn't hear it. Only a few of my teammates heard it and we immediately looked around to figure out who did it. It was so funny, but none of us could laugh, because our coach was still giving her talk.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on attending graduate school shortly after finishing here at Saint Xavier. I'm not quite sure where I plan to do this at, as I may explore other options both in and out of the state. I'm very excited to begin teaching as well as coaching volleyball either at the club or high school level.