DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's lacrosse team will face off against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Saturday, April 6. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior defender Mie Graham to learn more about the Princeton, N.J., native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Mie Graham: My proudest moment at Duke was last year, beating UVA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by two. That sticks out in my mind as such an exciting game, and especially on defense we had really good stands in that game. That’s the most vivid, proud moment that I remember the most.
GoDuke.com: What’s your favorite part of being a Duke student-athlete?
MG: The challenge Duke presents you as a student-athlete and the pride you can take in accomplishing so much here. It’s such an amazing academic institution and with the athletics, especially lacrosse, the level of competition is unbelievable. So I think the best thing about being a student-athlete here is the challenge you’re presented with, and then being able to be successful. I take a lot of pride in that.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite spot on campus?
MG: The law school’s Refectory Cafe. I spend a lot of time there and I like to study there too.
GoDuke.com: Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass on to freshmen or any future Blue Devils?
MG: Just trust the process and trust the system. It’s tough to come in as a freshman and not know what to expect or realize you may not be playing or you’re not the best player on the team. So being able to come in and accept that you have a lot of work to do, and if you just do what you need to do every day and work hard in practice and put the team first, you will be successful. That’s definitely what my experience at Duke has been.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about when you first started playing lacrosse.
MG: I didn’t start playing lacrosse until I was older. I played soccer my whole life. Even during my freshman and sophomore years of high school I thought I wanted to play soccer in college. So I didn’t start playing lacrosse until my freshman year of high school, and I didn’t start playing competitive club lacrosse until the summer after my sophomore year of high school. So I was a pretty late bloomer. But I think I appreciate it more, since I’ve only been playing for a short amount of time.
GoDuke.com: As a kid did you know what you wanted to be when you grow up? What do you want to be now?
MG: I thought I wanted to be a doctor. My dad’s a doctor, my grandpa is a doctor. I thought I wanted to be a surgeon. Even when I was going through recruiting, I was looking at schools thinking I was going to be pre-med and play lacrosse. Not that I still wouldn’t love to do that, but I wanted to have a certain college experience and I think I’ve accomplished that. It’s been awesome and I’ve loved every single second of being here. I’m a political science major and I’m going into finance. I’m kind of all over the place, but I’ve really enjoyed my experience.
GoDuke.com: What is one chore you absolutely hate doing?
MG: Dishes – I hate doing dishes. And I hate laundry. I don’t mind vacuuming, though.
GoDuke.com: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as a mentor?
MG: Maybe Coach K. I feel like being at Duke, you kind of take for granted how important Coach K is. But if anyone else in the world of sports speaks about him, he is like the coach.
GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
MG: Pay my parents back for everything they’ve given me over the years.
GoDuke.com: Favorite midnight snack?
MG: Too many [laughs]. My most common midnight snack is ice cream.
GoDuke.com: Favorite restaurant in Durham?
MG: Vin Rouge is a classic for me. This year, I’ve been to Mateo Tapas in downtown Durham. It’s amazing.
GoDuke.com: If you were a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
MG: This is easy. Definitely to be able to teleport places.