Samantha Slattery, a senior at Severna Park High School, has committed to play field hockey at The College of William and Mary.
Patch caught up with Slattery, 17, to ask her a few questions about her recent commitment.
Severna Park Patch: What are you most looking forward to in college?
Slattery: Being part of a really close knit team and practicing throughout the entire school year together in-season and out-of-season.
Severna Park Patch: How has your high school athletic career (in school or outside of school) prepared you for the Division I experience?
Slattery: I've learned to balance working, academics and athletics, which is important to do when I play at the collegiate level for the next four years.
Severna Park Patch: What made you decide to choose William and Mary?
Slattery: William and Mary has really high academic ratings and I was also able to play for their highly ranked team. The college is close to home, the campus is really pretty and also close to Williamsburg, VA.
Severna Park Patch: What do you like to do besides field hockey?
Slattery: Running, hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family.
Severna Park Patch: Who would you say has had the most influence on you and your athletic career and why?
Slattery: My mom has been one of the biggest influences on me and helping me play in college. She signed me up and drove me to many college visits and recruiting tournaments these past few years. She also helped me pursue playing at a Division I NCAA school and helped me find William and Mary which has everything I look for in a college and think will be the perfect fit.
Severna Park Patch: What advice would you give to a younger athlete looking to pursue a college athletic career?
Slattery: Don't get too stressed out during the whole process, it's over before you know it and its such a relief once you verbally commit!
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