Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
The latest installment features Suehayla Mohieldin of the equestrian team. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Mohieldin attended the British International School of Washington before coming to Dartmouth where she has been a valuable member of the Big Green in her first two years.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Sue Mohieldin: This summer I am taking some really interesting ‘gateway’ engineering classes that are definitely proving to be challenging, but I have been quite enjoying nevertheless. I am currently in the midst of finalizing some research opportunities at Thayer, which is really exciting. Aside from school, I am working with SEAD, which is an enrichment program that aims to empower high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to succeed in high school and college. One of my favorite things that I have been doing this summer is riding our amazing horses and spending a lot of time at the barn. We recently got some incredible new horses, so it has been really fun getting to know them. I think it is just so beautiful and relaxing up at the barn, there is nothing quite like spending some quality time with the horses, great teammates and friends.
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
SM: It is really hard to name just one place so I might have to list a few! I recently discovered some different running paths around Occom Pond and the river so I am excited to be testing them out. “Couch” at Thayer is proving to also be one of my favorite places this summer. The entire space is designed to enable creativity, collaboration and problem solving. There is something about having a lot of whiteboards, tools and equipment at my disposal that I find quite liberating. Also, it would be quite hard not to say that the barn is one of my absolute favorite places. It is just so spectacular with many great views, especially in the early morning when you feel that you and the horses are the only ones awake.
DS: What has been your best on-field memory thus far in your Dartmouth career?
SM: One of my favorite memories was my very first IHSA show. I remember being nervous, yet excited. Once my class ended, they started announcing the results in a backwards order and I just couldn’t believe it when I got first place. It felt incredible hearing all the support and cheering from the team. It was an amazing way for me to start the season and my competitive riding career.
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
SM: I would swap places with Olivia Champ. She is one of the best riders I have ever seen and demonstrates such great horsemanship. She truly loves the horses and has a great passion for the sport, plus is an all-around great person.
DS: Outside of sports, what are you most passionate about?
SM: Coming into Dartmouth I had a semi-vague idea about what I wanted to do. However, having taken various classes with the engineering and economics departments I realized that my main overarching goal would be to solve worldwide problems that would make a positive impact on others. For instance, I have been working closely with Ideas For Action, a joint program of the World Bank and the Wharton Business School that is centered around financing development programs and implementing the sustainable development goals.
DS: What would be your best advice to your 15-year-old self?
SM: I would tell myself to take it a bit easier on myself. I have always tried hard to be a perfectionist, which I think can be a positive and negative thing at times. My attention to detail and commitment has definitely helped me be where I am today and strive to be in the future. So, although I would tell myself to continue to work as hard I would also tell myself to not be afraid of try new things and challenges because that is what makes you grow and improve.
DS: Other than your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life?
SM: Well, this probably does not come as a surprise to many that know me but it has to be Beyoncé. She is one of the most hardworking, talented and driven people that I have ever seen. She knows her self-worth and exudes confidence. The way she promotes female empowerment, leads her own business and actively engages in philanthropic work truly inspires me. Seeing all that she has achieved and continues to achieve, regardless of the many obstacles that she has faced, inspires me to stay focused and driven. I have been lucky enough to see her live a number of times, and the level of dedication and excellence that she performs with inspires me to meet my work, practice and competitions the same way.
DS: What show do you binge watch?
SM: I love ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘The Crown’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’ I am so excited for GOT’s upcoming season. Let’s go Daenerys!
DS: If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
SM: I would love to go to a remote tropical island with a few of my closest friends. I love exploring and finding ‘hidden’, non-touristy places when traveling to really learn and delve into the culture of the people. My favorite travel experiences thus far all involved taking some leaps of spontaneity and following “the road less traveled” to say the very least. I think that going to a lesser-known place would be an amazing adventure to learn, explore and have fun!