DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's lacrosse team's final home game of the regular season is set for this Saturday, April 20 against Ohio State at 1 p.m. Recently GoDuke.com sat down with senior Alyssa Ogle to learn more about the Moorestown, N.J., native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Alyssa Ogle: Being a part of the Duke lacrosse team, I’m proud every single day. It’s hard to pick one moment because literally I wake up every day and realize how rare this opportunity is. It’s just unbelievable. Duke is an amazing place, and to be a Duke athlete is an honor.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete?
AO: The people that I get to come in contact with are really amazing, driven people, and I think that they’re really good role models. I’m a senior now, so looking forward towards my potential career, seeing the hard work and dedication from Duke staff and Duke athletes that have graduated and seeing where they’ve gone, it’s really impressive and inspiring to me.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
AO: I really liked Ambition Politics with Professor Gillespie. And I weirdly enjoy acting. I’ve taken three acting classes at Duke and it’s been the most fun I have ever had. Especially improv last year, that was one of the biggest challenges. I had to really come out of my shell for that.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite spot on campus?
AO: I really like the Bryan Center walkway, especially in the spring when all the tables are out. It’s awesome to chill out there and watch people because dancing goes on, weird things happen there and it’s really underrated.
GoDuke.com: Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to freshmen and future Blue Devils?
AO: Really recognize how much of an honor and an opportunity this is. A lot of times when you’re younger, you get caught up in everyday stresses, but really take a step back. You’re at Duke University playing a sport, and it’s unbelievable. It’s been such a good experience; to really take in every day of it is so important.
GoDuke.com: When did you first start playing lacrosse?
AO: I started a little bit later. I was going into seventh grade, and I only played because my mom forced me to play. I thought I was going to be behind everybody, and I always thought I was going to play soccer or basketball. I’m very thankful that she made me step outside of what I was used to and take a risk and play because it’s been awesome.
GoDuke.com: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What do you want to be now?
AO: I was Mia Hamm for five consecutive Halloweens. I thought I was going to be a soccer player. I started writing a book, so I’m looking forward to doing that. And I really want to pursue something in the entertainment industry because it’s something that’s so fun and I’m passionate about.
GoDuke.com: What is one chore you absolutely hate doing?
AO: Cleaning my room at all. I’m so bad about keeping up with it.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
AO: Both my parents. They’re my best friends and role models and a huge support system. I don’t know where I’d be without them. My mom, she and I are so similar and she pushes me so hard to be better at every aspect of my life. And my dad is the person I can always go talk to, no matter what. They’re both completely pivotal to where I am today.
GoDuke.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
AO: I would put both my brothers through college and then I would buy a massive house on the beach that would be big enough for our entire family and extended family to stay there. I’d probably donate something to charity after that.
GoDuke.com: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
AO: I would definitely read minds, without question. That would be so useful in many different situations. And I would have the ability to turn it on and off.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
AO: I played classical piano for 12 years. I like to draw and I’m artsy, but not that many people know. I’m also good at imitating things, like doing voices.
GoDuke.com: What is the most misunderstood thing about lacrosse?
AO: Women’s lacrosse in particular, a lot of people don’t know what that entails. When I tell people that I play women’s lacrosse, they think I suit up in full pads and helmets. I think that women’s lacrosse is growing pretty rapidly, but in some places people have still never heard of it.
GoDuke.com: If you weren’t playing lacrosse, what other sport would you play?
AO: Probably soccer.