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TBT: Lise Leveille
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/24/2013

Every Thursday, GoStanford.com will present an interview with a Stanford women’s gymnastics alumna. This week, sophomore Maggie Teets features Lise Leveille (‘04), who competed in the all around and earned a major in biomechanical engineering and human biology

Maggie: Can you describe what you have been doing since graduating from Stanford?

Lise:
Right after graduating, I moved to Vancouver, Canada where I attended medical school for four years. I am now in the midst of my fifth year as a resident for orthopedic surgery. I am very excited about all of the opportunities available. With my career, I will be able to help others, but I will also be doing something rewarding, fulfilling, and something I am passionate about.

Maggie: What lessons have you carried with you from your experience on the Stanford gymnastics team?

Lise:
Tons! I think the biggest one is how to be a good teammate and what it means to be a part of a team. With whatever you do in life, you will be working with people. Being able to work hard for yourself and support your teammates in what they need to do is a big asset. Another lesson is work ethic. Being focused on gymnastics, having goals with academics, and being able to be social and have fun all at the same time was definitely something that carried over to medical school and my life now.

Maggie: What are your favorite memories from being on the team at Stanford?

Lise:
Time spent with teammates. Baking cookies in with teammates in Mirilees, fun parties and nights out are memories that I cherish. Also, times that seemed hardest in the gym, I now reflect on and laugh. At the times it seems like the biggest deal but it always seems to work itself out in the end. Another one is how my class ended. We had six girls in my class during senior year, and we placed third at Super Six – the best Stanford had ever placed. But what made it such a great experience is how everyone put it together in the end. It was a magical team experience. Just amazing.

Maggie: What are your favorite Stanford memories outside of gymnastics?

Lise:
I got very involved in the bio-motion lab. The exposure I received there and the people I met were amazing. Being involved with that side of campus life is something I cherish. One of most fulfilling experiences. That and working on design projects for engineering classes. It was great to design some of the solutions to the problems presented in class.

Maggie: Do you have any advice for the girls on the SWG team now?

Lise:
Although it’s difficult, try to take advantage of all the opportunities at Stanford. Work your hardest in the gym, but also enjoy your teammates and love doing something that you’re good at. I really miss it a lot. Also, take advantage of the extracurriculars. Get to know the people in your classes and your professors. Those are the things that you’ll take away with you - your experiences and your friends.

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