This week on Stormin' the Nest with AD Hall, women's lacrosse player Juliana Altman, a senior from Sandy Springs, talks about her favorite professors in the communications department at Oglethorpe, how she got started playing lacrosse, and more.
Hall: Who is your favorite professor here at Oglethorpe University?
Altman: I have a couple. I really love the film program here, so [David] Patterson and Lisa Larson would be my two choices. They are great when it comes to film. They have to be my favorite. But I also like Dr. [Jeffrey] Collins. He’s eccentric, he’s awesome, and his passion shows through his teaching style. I think I could say that about all three teachers. I am a double major in film and accounting, and a minor in music and business.
Hall: Why do you enjoy being a Stormy Petrel?
Altman: I enjoy being a Stormy Petrel because you can make a difference. You can be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. There’s a uniqueness to it. A Stormy Petrel is a well-rounded person. It depends on what you’re doing, but you get a little of everything here.
Hall: What does the phrase "Give 'Em the Bird" mean to you?
Altman: You know, it means to give ‘em hell! It means to go hard or go home, in lacrosse at least.
Hall: What are some of the life lessons you’ve learned through playing the sport of lacrosse?
Altman: Definitely composure, patience, and mental strength. Working through the mental blocks or the "can'ts." To keep going even when it gets tough because it hasn’t been easy. I think there’s a lot to be said about keeping going and not giving up.
Hall: How will you go out and Make a Life, Make a Living, and Make a Difference in the world after you graduate?
Altman: Well, I am hoping to use my accounting and film degrees to do production accounting. Hopefully, I’ll become a film director in that process. I’ll have to move from accounting to the arts. I want to create things. I’ll want to use accounting to help further my creative side.
Hall: What has been your most memorable sports moment, whether it be in lacrosse or any other sports you’ve been involved with in life?
Altman: It would have to be from junior gymnastics when I learned the back handspring. That was years ago. It was the first time I really had to work at a discipline in order to get it. I am not flexible anymore, and cannot do it now! I participated in gymnastics from ages 5 through 11. I always played soccer, and I participated in basketball, volleyball, softball and pole vaulting. My favorite of all of these was probably basketball. I enjoyed all of these sports all for different reasons.
Hall: How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
Altman: I was 14 years old, and my mom heard from a friend that there were a lot of scholarship opportunities out there, so she put a lacrosse stick in my hands. I mean, it correlates a lot to basketball, and clearly with my lack of height, that didn’t seem to be an option for a future with basketball. At first, I wasn’t too sure, but I could run, and learned to cradle, and so now that’s where we are.
Hall: Being a commuter, do you have a favorite place on campus that you like to hang out or chill?
Altman: Yeah, I would say the library and the edit suite. There are no questions asked about why I am there!
Hall: Having had three different coaches in your time playing lacrosse here, do you have any memorable quotes that any of these coaches have used with your teams, that you really like, and are memorable?
Altman: I would say the things I most remember are the positive energy that Coach [Marissa] Giannerini displayed and wanted to instill in us, and that she always found the positives in things. Not getting too stressed out over things. "Control the controllables" is a great quote she would use.
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