Nov. 14, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - On Sunday, we asked the question, Who Am I? Today, the identity of the mystery Stanford gymnast is revealed: it's Stanford freshman Jenna Frowein. In a poem posted Sunday on gostanford.com, Frowein gave some clues as her identity. Among the characteristics she revealed: "I want to be a part of something bigger", and "I dream about designs for the future."
Enjoy the Q&A with Jenna:
Q: Are you looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving break?
A: Absolutely! I have really enjoyed the first part of the quarter, but I'm excited to get a few days at home to spend with family and friends. Not to mention the warmer weather in Hawaii!
Q: How is your academic year shaping up?
A: This first quarter has been great so far. Even though I took several general requirement courses, they have all aligned perfectly with my interests. I am also excited for my classes in winter quarter as I will be taking some courses in the field of my intended major - architecture!
Q: Do you have a favorite memory from SWG so far?
A: There are so many great memories from these first few months. It's hard to choose! But one memory that really sticks out in my mind was walking into the gym and the locker room for the first time when I arrived at Stanford back in September. A sign on the door read "Welcome Home Froshies." As soon as I opened the door I was overwhelmed with hugs from all the girls. Everyone was so welcoming and genuinely excited for us freshmen to finally be here. Somedays I still stop and look around thinking, "Wow. I can't believe that I am actually at Stanford. This is a dream come true."
Q: What's your funniest SWG story?
Q: The team's motto this season is "All in. Every Moment." Is there a particular time that that really resonated with you?
A: During cross training week, we played (or attempted to play) different sports such as baseball, volleyball, kickball, and dodgeball. It was absolutely hilarious because the majority of our team isn't too skilled at throwing and catching. Half the time we struck out in baseball and resorted to using a large water jug in order to hit the baseball. Despite all of this, it was fun to see everyone get really competitive.
A: Before game days, the entire team huddles in a circle to "break" before we start the day. I love looking around at everyone, smiling and eager to compete, and knowing we have given everything we have during every moment of practice to prepare. It's amazing the kind of confidence this creates in all of us.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming season?
A: I am looking forward to the energy and excitement that come with the competition season. Everyone tells me that college meets are so much more fun than club competitions, and I can't wait to experience it myself! Plus, I am excited to compete floor and get the crowd involved.
Q: What should we expect from SWG this year?
A: Expect an amazing year from SWG. We've all been working so hard to prepare for season and I can't wait for our team to be able to showcase our routines. It's going to be an exciting year! Expect to see passion in our work. You'll see incredible gymnastics of course, but what really sets us apart from all the other teams is how we let our joy, love and passion for the sport show through our gymnastics.