Throughout the year, we'll be profiling members of the Spirit Squad and Band. This week, Senior Rylee Blair.
Tourism Development and Management Major
4th year on Spirit Squad
Q: What initially got you into dance?
A: I've been dancing since I was three. When is was younger my mom sort of had to force me, I didn't really want to do it, but she wanted me involved in something. I ended up loving it and it's something I'm going to do my entire life.
Q:What's your favorite part about being on the dance team?
A:It keeps me busy which is really nice but also the friends I've made. I've created really close bonds,even with girls who were seniors when I was a freshman. We still all talk.
Q: What was the biggest difference coming from high school?
A: I think the biggest challenge for me was being at the bottom of the barrel again. In high school, you work your way up to being the one in charge of things and then you're right back down to the bottom. It's a hard transition.
Q: As a senior now do you take a role of mentoring the new members?
A: Well I'm one of the captains, so that comes naturally with that. A lot of the freshman and some sophomores really do look up to the seniors, especially the ones who have been here all four years. You kind of feel like a mom to them. You have to be harsh sometimes because you want them to get better and know what they are doing. You have to balance being that stern voice while being there for them.
Q: What is the hardest part about what you guys do?
A: I don't think people realize how much we have to practice. We're out here Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-7 and if you're in competition then we have Tuesday and Sunday practices and then we have game day practices in the morning and a full game. So balancing that with having a life and going to school and time to sleep is difficult.
Q: What do you plan on doing when you're done?
A: I plan on going back to San Diego where I'm from and I'm fluent in Sign Language so I plan on getting my interpreting certificate and I'll be a Sign Language interpreter and teaching at a dance studio and just kind of taking it from there.
Q: What's your biggest fear?
A: When we run out for pregame we have to run really fast with the beat the band is playing and there's always people in the way and there's pieces of grass sticking out and I'm so scared I'm going to faceplant and end up on the jumbotron. It's a legitimate fear!