Name: Emma Dyer
Sports: Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Major: Biological Sciences
Why did you choose UChicago?
I’ve always wanted to live in a big city, being from the suburbs of Ohio, and the combination of rigorous academics, location, and athletic opportunities made it a no-brainer.
Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
Running the mile at the 2019 Indoor Track and Field national meet in Boston. It was an incredible atmosphere and it was personally very special because my best friend from back home who attends college in Boston was able to come and cheer me on.
Favorite team tradition/activity?
Before every cross country meet, the women’s team runs by the Golden Lady statue, gathers in a circle, and chants “Crescat scientia vita excolatur.” And you must touch the Golden Lady’s fruit.
What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
The feeling of giving everything you have and being able to leave it all out there on the track or the course is something that never gets old for me.
What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
Running is a sport that requires infinite patience. You can’t rush the process and improvement is nonlinear. One poor race does not determine the outcome of a season. I’ve taken this lesson with me across all aspects of my life — one setback today does not determine the outcome of your future.
What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
Trust and listen to your body. If something hurts, please, do not keep running until you absolutely cannot run anymore. The recovery will be much faster if you are patient and take care of small things throughout the season.
Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
Physiology has been my favorite course. I love learning about the human body and the course solidified my desire to pursue medicine.
Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
My first year Humanities professor, Larry McEnrney. He pushed the class to uncomfortable places and taught us an incredible amount in a short time. Additionally, he was always available outside the classroom and provided advice and support during my time in the College.
Favorite place on campus?
Henry Crown Field House.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I hope to pursue a masters degree in Biomedical Informatics and later attend medical school.
Outside of your current sport, which sport or activity do you feel like you would excel at the most?
Soccer. I actually did not run a fully cross country season until I got to college; I played soccer all through high school.
Favorite Chicago restaurant?
Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park.
Favorite place you’ve visited?