Sports Spotlight: Theresa Reinhard '16

What are you studying at Simmons and what is your graduation year?

I'm a double major in business management and psychology.

What's your favorite class you've taken so far?

Entrepreneurship taught by Professor Tess Nelson. We had exciting classes and many guest lecturers. If I wasn't sure about becoming an entrepreneur before taking that class -- I certainly was after completing it.

Where's your internship? What do you do there?

I'm an Assistant Coordinator at MindfulBoston, a rapidly growing network of meditation students, teachers and volunteers that are dedicated to offering mindfulness meditation programs in the Boston/Cambridge area. I'm in charge of coordinating volunteers, classes and events. I also get the opportunity to learn all about mindfulness meditation. In short, mindfulness practice is all about becoming more in touch with the reality of our experiences, or having the ability to be more aware of the present moment.

Getting to learn about and practice this form of meditation has been eye-opening. Gena Bean, my supervisor and the founder of MindfulBoston, is an amazing entrepreneur, so I've had the opportunity to get a glimpse of what living and entrepreneurial lifestyle is like. Additionally the concept of mindfulness is definitely something I can see myself conducting research and creating programs about. So basically, this internship aligns well with my career goals and academic majors.

What sport do you play? What position?

I play tennis! I'm co-captain and I play singles and doubles with my partner and co-captain Meghan Cokely.

How do you balance being a student athlete?

I've found over the past couple of years that balancing athletics, school, clubs and an internship not only requires strong time management skills, but strong stress management skills. I practice meditation daily and do my best to stay in the present moment during daily activities. I also try to accept that there is only so much time in the day and only so much energy a person can have. I try to remember to take time for myself to laugh, spend time with those I love -- and appreciate life. Additionally, I've been working on prioritizing and limiting various tasks when my schedule seems to become overloaded.

What's your favorite part about playing sports at Simmons?

The friendships I've formed. The other players on my team have such unique personalities and interests outside of tennis. It would be hard to imagine what my college experience would be like without those friendships.

Who is your sports idol?

I really like Billie Jean King. She was an avid student of concentration. She would put tennis balls around her house in random places just so she would be able to remind herself to "focus on the ball." She would play matches and describe being "completely absorbed" and "in the zone." I think every athlete knows what it feels like to have little moments of completely letting go and playing at an exceptional level, but very few know how to make this happen intentionally. I believe Billie Jean knew how to do this through unwavering concentration and relaxation. She inspires me as a tennis player to become more calm and focused while playing -- and to simply enjoy the game!

How does it make you feel knowing that you're going to be playing on Daly Field?

It's an honor to be playing at this facility. I am so excited to see it! The Simmons Athletics community has been talking about the field for a long time -- I can feel the excitement from them as well.

How does the field impact the school, the team and your teammates?

Daly Field will impact Simmons' reputation in a positive way. The Simmons tennis team has been GNAC conference champions for the past 11 years, and having courts to call our own will reinforce the high quality of the tennis program.

What's your Simmons moment?

Because I love Simmons so much, and getting an education here is of such great importance to me, I experience Simmons moments daily. Whether it's meeting with classmates in the business program to finish up a project, riding the bus with my teammates to tennis matches, or successfully giving a big presentation, Simmons moments happen all the time for me. I cannot express my gratitude enough for being a part of an institution so dedicated to making daily moments like this a reality.

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