The Tartan features senior Alyssa Siefert in Athlete Profile. (credit: J.W. Ramp/Publisher) The Tartan features senior Alyssa Siefert in Athlete Profile. (credit: J.W. Ramp/Publisher)

As a past varsity soccer player and current club lacrosse member, not to mention a self-declared intramural enthusiast and buggy pusher for Fringe, senior Alyssa Siefert has experienced the gamut of Carnegie Mellon athletics.

Each situation has been a rewarding one for Siefert, particularly because of the opportunities to meet new people and form close personal bonds. Siefert cites these friendships as a great outlet to be social and escape from the academics that tend to dictate the life of a college student, and notes that they will be sure to last by being developed through the love of the game.

Siefert found that the similarities between playing a varsity and a club sport lie in the diverse groups of athletes brought together under a common goal, with varying levels of independence at each level, since the club lacrosse team does not have a formal head coach.
Siefert is currently the President of Carnegie Mellon women’s club lacrosse team in her last semester at Carnegie Mellon. She notes the positive atmosphere of support and collaboration that she has found by participating in athletics throughout her college career.

Siefert will be graduating in May with a degree in chemical and biomedical engineering and a minor in professional writing.

While taking on her academic coursework, Siefert is also a teaching assistant for the biomedical engineering laboratory and is involved in research in determining the biocompatibility of novel biomaterials at the Bone Tissue Engineering Center, not to mention helping to edit one of her professor’s textbook drafts.

Next year, she will start graduate school at Yale University to attain her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Siefert plans to focus on tissue engineering and targeted drug delivery, all the while hoping that the cast of Gossip Girl, one of her favorite television shows, will be shooting in New Haven, Conn. when she is there.

Before she begins the next step in her academic career, however, Siefert is excited for a sun-filled summer. She will be trekking across Europe with her co-captain on the lacrosse team, Gloria Liu, and enjoying a cruise with her family, taking advantage of the time to travel and visit as many of her friends as possible.

While living life as a Carnegie Mellon student, Siefert has accrued some favorite places in Pittsburgh that she feels everyone should take the chance to experience. Walnut and Ellsworth streets in Shadyside are home some of Siefert’s preferred establishments, such as Kards Unlimited for shopping, Pamela’s for breakfast, Bites and Brews for pizza, and Mercurio’s for gelato.

“Browsing through Williams-Sonoma and determining how to outfit my future dream kitchen is a favorite hobby of mine,” she added. She and her friends are taking the opportunity to partake in potluck dinner parties to practice their own cooking skills.