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Katie Davis juggles soccer and school

Name: Katie Davis
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Glen Gardner, N.J.
Sport: Soccer; midfielder (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor) Name: Katie Davis Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering Hometown: Glen Gardner, N.J. Sport: Soccer; midfielder (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Photo Editor)

For sophomore Katie Davis, soccer has always been a part of her life. The civil and environmental engineering major and center midfielder for the women’s varsity soccer team hails from Glen Gardner, N.J., and has been playing soccer since she was eight years old. Two weeks ago, Davis helped the Tartans secure their first win against Kenyon College with an impressive header for a goal. Davis is just one of the young and talented people leading the women’s soccer team; just last weekend against Earlham, Davis assisted first-year teammate Alex Venegas in scoring the winning goal.

Davis chose to attend Carnegie Mellon because of the ideal balance between school and athletics. One of the influencing factors was a recruiting trip during her senior year of high school, where she really clicked with the team and felt she could fit in. “My favorite thing about Carnegie Mellon is the soccer team,” Davis stated. “I’m with them all the time and they’re a big part of my college experience.” Davis also attributes her success in school and clubs to soccer; she feels there is no time to procrastinate during the season, and soccer is a stress reliever from class.

When not on the soccer field, Davis devotes time to the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. One aspect of Carnegie Mellon that surprised her was how well-rounded many of her peers are, and she enjoys being surrounded by people who “excel at multiple things.” As for the future, Davis is still figuring things out, but she is thinking about joining the Peace Corps.

Davis describes herself as a very optimistic and positive person. When asked if she could be anyone for a day, she said would be Ellen DeGeneres because she gets to sing and dance on television. She also has high aspirations for the team. “We have a new coach, new field, new attitude, and some great new talent,” she said. “We definitely have potential, and hopefully we’ll be making the NCAAs for the first time in Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer history.”

Whether in soccer or school, Davis’ positive attitude and focus will surely help her find success.