Lauren Blazing ’15 on athletics’ influence on her career path

Lauren Blazing ’15 on athletics’ influence on her career path


Blazing: Beyond Duke, uh, well, I play for
the U.S. National Team, so hopefully after uh, graduating in December of next year I’m going to go up to Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
which is a little town, got the Amish and, um, field hockey. [LAUGHTER] So it’s a good
combination, we love each other. But, uh, yeah, I’ll play there for as long as I can
and then, uh, I will apply to law school, so yeah.
Wasiolek: Why law school? Blazing: Actually, law school also came out
of field hockey. So a lot of the stuff that I want to do with my future and, well, obviously
what I’m doing right now has come of the sport and my love for it, um. I’m really interested
in employment discrimination and Title 9, specifically, just watching
the field hockey community, it’s really-really close-knit. So, like, stuff that’s going on
in California, stuff that’s going on in, uh, Indiana, like, I know about it because there’s
only so many schools that play field hockey. But I don’t know if you guys have heard about-probably
not, it’s not on the front page of USA Today-but, uh, Cal Berkeley lost their field this year
and they ended up having to drive two hours to practice. And, you know, Jordan has already
talked a little bit about the time commitment that goes into playing a college sport, but
if you’re spending, you know, two hours on the road, one hour there, one our back, every
single day, uh, you can’t take the morning classes. You know, there are seniors on that
team who had required classes who weren’t able to take those classes. It’s-it’s ridiculous.
And their field was knocked down to make room for a parking lot for football. So football
is important, I love football [LAUGHTER]. But, like, you know what I mean, there’s just-and
there’s stuff like this going on across the country and, I mean, obviously not just in
the context of sports, but I-I think that’s it, uh, it’s worth getting into.

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