Name: Chloe Maciolek
Sport: Women’s Soccer
Hometown: Castle Pines, Colorado
Major: Comparative Human Development
Why did you choose UChicago?
I chose UChicago because of its incredible academics, and because it allowed me to also play the sport I love competitively for four more years. It was the best of both worlds!
Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
My favorite moment athletically at UChicago was my freshman year when we beat TCNJ to move on to the national championship game in Greensboro, North Carolina. We had been working so hard all season to make it to the last possible game we could have played in that season and it really meant the world to our seniors and inspired me for the rest of my years to come.
Favorite team tradition/activity?
My favorite team tradition is the senior t-shirts we make every year. The junior class along with the rest of the team brainstorm ideas and make t-shirts for each senior. These are always hilarious and a great treat to keep post-college.
What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
The team aspect. Soccer so heavily relies on the people around you, to make you better in practice, to work together in a game; all across this sport, team work is what makes a team competitive.
What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
That you can contribute to a program and a team in so many ways. It is never about the minutes played or the games won, it’s about the impact you make on those around you and the relationships you create.
What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
To trust the process and to not give up on yourself. You’re here for a reason, trust it and work hard to make it count!
Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
Social Inequalities in Health. I took this class in March right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This class opened my eyes to so many social inequalities and structural issues all across the U.S. I highly recommend it to anyone especially those looking to go into public health, public policy, or healthcare.
Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
My coach, Amy Reifert. She is one of the most passionate and kind woman I have ever known. She fights for her players like they are her own family and will always have the team and program’s best interest at heart.
Favorite place on campus?
What are your post-graduation plans?
I’m hoping to pursue my doctorate in Occupational Therapy after graduation.
Outside of your current sport, which sport or activity do you feel like you would excel at the most?
I grew up figure skating competitively! Figure skating is very different from soccer but is definitely the other sport I am best at!
Favorite Chicago restaurant?
Au Cheval, Green Street Meats, or Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba.
Favorite place you’ve visited?
I studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and I think Central/Southern Mexico will always have a special place in my heart!