Meeting all her goals

Q&a Peyton Hawkins, Bryn Mawr, Field Hockey

October 24, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTER

A dominating midfielder, Peyton Hawkins has been a key player as Bryn Mawr's field hockey team aims for a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. She has played field hockey since fifth grade, is a veteran of USA Field Hockey's Olympic-development style Futures Program and will play with Club Applebee at the USFHA's National Hockey Festival in Palm Springs, Cal., during Thanksgiving weekend. A three-sport athlete, she also plays squash and lacrosse for the Mawrtians while maintaining a "B" average. Hawkins, 18, participates in the Model United Nations club, is vice president of the athletic association and volunteers at Gilman's summer Learning Camp.

Which is your favorite sport?

I love field hockey, so that's obviously my favorite. I always really liked it, but at first, lacrosse was my first priority and eventually it kind of fell into place that I just had this passion for the game. Just last summer was the first time I had ever gone to any field hockey camps. I went to three [William and Mary, Bucknell and College Connection at Maryland], so I really got into it last year mostly.

How did Futures help your game?

It was held at [Johns] Hopkins ... and I had never played on turf before. It's easier on turf to work with your stick skills, so that really helps, and also it's a year-round program. You only go once a month, but it kept my skills consistent into the season.

What makes the `A' Conference so competitive?

You're playing with the best players in Maryland, so it's bound to be competitive. Every team you play, whether they're eighth or first, you know they're going to be good. [Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik] always says, "Don't take anything for granted; be ready for whatever comes," so I think that's challenging. It's also a lot of fun, because you know you're never going to have an easy game.

What do you like about squash?

It's just nice because I don't play very much, so when I get the chance to play, I really enjoy it. It's more of an individual sport, which is different from other team sports that I play, so it's kind of fun to test myself in that aspect because I'm the only one who can win or lose the game. That's really fun, to see what I can do, and it's a very mental game, so it also works on how I can mentally prepare for the game and how I can succeed.

How challenging is it to play three sports and keep up your academics?

It is challenging, but it's also kind of easy just because it's time management, and I've learned how to deal with my sports and academics all at once. I don't think I could just go home one day and know that I don't have practice. It would be so weird for me because I've grown up, even in middle school, having practices. That break between the sports is really weird for me because I never know what to do with my time.

Why were you interested in Model UN?

I'm interested in history. I've always been interested in current events and past events and how they relate. The [final meeting with other schools' clubs] is at Harvard, and all of us go there and attend committees. Last year, I was on a humanitarian committee talking about Darfur [in Sudan]. It's different every year. We don't know what we're going to be doing this year.

How does that affect you to be in a club where you deal with international issues such as Darfur?

I'm not very aware of what's going on in the world unless I'm in that club. I'm so busy with everything else, I forget about other things going on in the world. I'm not in a class where you learn about current events, so it's cool to learn about things I wouldn't otherwise have the chance to learn about.

Where do you think your interest in history comes from?

My dad was a history major, and my sister [Sarah, 22] is an art history major in college right now and has really had an amazing time with it. She's gone abroad to Florence [Italy]. I just think it would be an amazing field to work in.

Have you traveled much?

Yes. My family travels a lot. My dad's very big on traveling at a young age because we only have so much time before my sister graduates and my brother and me. We try every year to go on a big trip. This year, we're going to Australia. Two years ago, we went to Argentina. The year before that was Italy and Switzerland. It's broadened my horizons a lot. I think that's where my interest in history comes from, because I've seen so many historical places.

Why did you volunteer to work at Learning Camp?

Bryn Mawr requires that you do 50 hours of community service before you graduate, so I thought, "I'll just get it over with in ninth grade," and I actually fell in love with it. My first year, I was a third-grade teacher; my second year, I was a fourth-grade teacher; and my third year, I helped with fourth and fifth. I have enjoyed it so much, and I think teaching is an interesting profession. I don't know if I want to pursue that, but I love working with kids and it makes me feel good about myself to know that I'm helping in their education.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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