DURHAM, N.C. – With NCAA Touranment action starting this weekend, senior midfielder Sarah Bullard recently answered a few questions for GoDuke.com. Read her answers below to learn more about the two-time All-American from Needham, Mass.
GoDuke.com: What is the best thing about playing lacrosse at Duke?
Sarah Bullard: The Duke Lacrosse team has been my family over the past four years. I will miss everything about it—the competition, the daily pursuit of excellence and working towards a greater goal. But most of all I will miss my teammates, coaches and everyone involved in the program. I can’t even express how much they all mean to me.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
SB: Well, this is more specific to teams, but my favorites to watch are the New England Patriots and Duke Basketball.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite sport to play other than lacrosse?
SB: I love to play basically all other sports. I played soccer and ice hockey in high school and grew up playing tennis, so I’m a big fan of all of those. A lot of my teammates are really good basketball players, so sometimes I play with them, but they will all tell you I am HORRIBLE at it. It’s still fun though!
GoDuke.com: Do you have any pre-game superstitions?
SB: I try not to be superstitious, but I definitely have some specific things that I like to do to feel good before games. When we play at home, Christie Kaestner and I always jam to a song in one of our cars after our pregame meal. Other than that, I like to just get to the locker room early and take my time getting ready and look at the scouting report. I like taking five minutes or so away from everyone to do some quiet meditation before the game to get focused, and then our team always has a pretty awesome pregame dance party that gets me going. I always walk up to the games with Emma Hamm, and then have some good handshakes with teammates. (That all sounds like a lot more than I thought!)
GoDuke.com: What do you watch on TV?
SB: I’m not a huge TV watcher, but I do love to watch Glee. Also, I’ve gotten really into The Office recently and am somewhat obsessed with it.
GoDuke.com: What do you have on your iPod?
SB: A really random mix of a lot of things! Motown and Stevie Wonder are my favorites since I grew up listening to that, but I also love everything from Maroon 5 to Mariah Carey, Lil’ Wayne and Glee!
GoDuke.com: What would your dream job be?
SB: I’m a major idealist and definitely want to do something to help the world. I also love interacting with people, so a lot of things ranging from social entrepreneurship, microfinance, counseling, coaching and leadership development all interest me…I have a lot of paths to explore!
GoDuke.com: Who would you trade places with for a day? Why?
SB: Right now I would say one of my professors, Tony Brown. This is my second semester in a row taking class with him, and he is doing a lot of great things to make Duke a better place.
GoDuke.com: What was your first job?
SB: Working as a coach and intern for my high school club lacrosse team, REV.
GoDuke.com: What was your first car?
SB: An awesome Volvo sedan that my friends in high school named Savannah. She died last year and I really miss her.
GoDuke.com: Who has had the biggest impact on your life and why?
SB: I honestly have been fortunate to have a lot of people who have made a big impact on my life. First and foremost has been my parents, but I have also had a lot of coaches and teachers who have been instrumental in helping me be successful.
GoDuke.com: Who is the best cook in your family?
SB: My Mom for dinner, my Dad for breakfast.
GoDuke.com : What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
SB: It’s not totally “home-cooked” per se, but this amazing chicken pot pie that we get from a local farm. It’s always my first request when I go home.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite snack?
SB: Probably pita chips and hummus.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite class at Duke?
SB: I’ve had a lot of classes that I’ve really loved. I took an independent study with LTC Mark Tribus on Leadership and Team Building during my sophomore year that was fantastic. I have also loved my MMS classes with George Grody and my Public Policy classes with Tony Brown that have been leadership oriented.
GoDuke.com: What has been your toughest class at Duke?
SB: One of my toughest was the statistics class you have to take as a Sociology major. The class itself really isn’t that bad, but math is just not my strong suit.