Name: Claudia Hodgetts
Sport: Women’s Soccer
Hometown: Tustin, California
Why did you choose UChicago?
I chose UChicago because it offered the perfect balance of rigorous academics and competitive athletics. I hoped to gain a liberal arts education that would challenge me to grow and immerse myself in a diverse community while also being able to play another four years of soccer with a committed team.
Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
Traveling to Greensboro, N.C. for the Final Four was my favorite UChicago soccer memory. The entire weekend was so special, both on and off the field, and it was a great highlight of an awesome first season with a fantastic team.
Favorite team tradition/activity?
Every preseason, our team gets to live together in the dorms before any other students arrive on campus or classes start. Just spending time together in the lounges watching movies, playing games, and getting to know each other is my favorite tradition because we just get to bond as a team and play tons of soccer in the warm weather.
What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
I first fell in love with soccer playing with my dad and brother. My dad played soccer in England growing up and is a huge fan, so I was excited to finally join in on the fun and quickly fell in love with the competition and team aspects of the game.
What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
I have learned that every team is different, and the most effective teams are the ones that work together to highlight each other’s strengths. One of the most exciting things about college soccer is that you get new teammates with different talents each year, so each season is different and offers new potential paths to success.
What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
Enjoy every minute of it because four years of school and soccer go by quickly! Make the most of each season spending time with teammates and enjoying practices and games and take advantage of the other opportunities on campus.
Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
My favorite UChicago class was “History of the Present” because the students were able to select the topics for each week’s focus based on relevant topics in the news and our current day lives. Each week we looked at the historical roots of hot topics such as gun control, white supremacy, and immigration. I loved this class because it highlighted the ways in which historical thinking and historical narratives shape our understandings of modern issues.
Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
The history professor Peggy O’Donnell made a significant impact on me because her classes inspired me to become a history major and recognize why studying history is a valuable endeavor. Her classes also allowed me to explore new historical topics such as feminist history, human rights history, and war history in fascinating ways that are not accessible in high school.
Favorite place on campus?
The quad – I love walking around campus, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing!
What are your post-graduation plans?
I will be doing strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group in Chicago next year.
Outside of your current sport, which sport or activity do you feel like you would excel at the most?
If I were not a soccer player, I think I would most likely excel at lacrosse. I played for a few years when I was younger and think there is some crossover between soccer and lacrosse.
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