This archived article was written by: Abigail Ericson & Joy Malone
For this week’s special sports feature, we interviewed the extremely busy, Whitney Anne Fieldsted. She was born and raised in a small town, but that does not mean that her life is slow and boring. She is undeniably one of the most active people on the USU Eastern campus. Fieldsted came to school for the opportunity to play both volleyball and basketball. Her schedule is full, but somehow she manages to have a good time.
We asked Fieldsted to walk us through a typical Monday in her shoes. “Well, I wake up at 9 a.m. in order to get to math by 9:30. After math, I go straight to music class. Music gets out at 11:20, just in time for me to get to the BDAC at 11:30 for volleyball practice. I’m at the BDAC for volleyball and basketball practice every day from then until 3ish. Then I hurry back to my room to grab a bite to eat before going back to the BDAC for a volleyball workout. Upon completion of the workout, I attend public speaking class until 7:45 pm. When class gets out, I can finally go back to my room and relax after a long, tiring day.”
The poor girl doesn’t even have time to eat during the day. What a rough life. Attention all readers: if you ever run into Fieldsted anytime during daylight hours, please give the girl a bagel, a granola bar, or something. I’m sure she could use the extra fuel, and know she would appreciate the kind thought.
Speaking of food, during our exclusive interview, we asked Fieldsted whether she preferred waffles or pancakes. Fieldsted told us she doesn’t necessarily prefer either one. Her choice simply depends on what mood she is in. Her answer, though simple in nature, revealed that Fieldsted is a somewhat indecisive person, and has a love for many things in life. She doesn’t like to restrict herself, yet prefers to go with the flow.
Fieldsted plays the position of forward on the women’s basketball team. She loves playing at USU Eastern. She commented that, “so far the season is going great. We’re 5-1.” Her favorite thing about the basketball team is that “we’re all really good friends. We’re a team and we all really like each other.” The rest of the season is looking bright indeed. The hard work and dedication Fieldsted puts in, though exhausting, will surely be well worth it in the end.
Being busy isn’t new to Fieldsted. As a student at Altamont High School in Altamont, Utah, she participated in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. Her favorite memory of high school volleyball was hitting a North Summit girl on the top of the head with a volleyball. “It hit her head, hit the ceiling, and then hit the floor. It was funny.”
Fieldsted loves not only playing sports, but watching them as well. She is a rabid Steelers fan and watching NFL football every week is a big part of her life. She aspires to marry Cam Newton (quarterback for the Carolina Panthers), and actually believes it could happen someday. This may be slightly delusional, but at least the girl knows how to dream big. What an admirable quality to possess.
Fieldsted is a girl with a loud, funny and infectious personality. She is talented and a great addition to both the volleyball and basketball teams here at USU Eastern.