Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2019 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
Gemma Bautista of the field hockey team is the featured student-athlete of this installment. Bautista came to Hanover from Brisbane, Australia, where she was an accomplished player at St. Rita’s College and with Northern Suburbs Hockey Club with which she won the 2013 Brisbane Under-17 Club Hockey Division I Championship.
DartmouthSports.com: What have you been doing during your sophomore summer?
Gemma Bautista: Lots of schoolwork in the sun! I love going down to the river or taking a hike. On the flip side, my team and I have also been training hard and preparing for preseason whilst enjoying Hanover in my favorite season!
DS: What is your favorite place on campus?
GB: Slightly off-campus, but the organic farm dock by the river is such a cool and secluded place to relax and enjoy the nice weather.
DS: What was it in the recruiting process that sold you on Dartmouth?
GB: I came for an official visit during my senior year and had an absolute blast. I met so many friendly people and had the most amazing time - I still pretty much remember every second of it. After my visit, I couldn’t say no to Dartmouth.
DS: If you could swap places with one teammate, who would it be and why?
GB: Definitely Hailey Valerio ’19 because she is a goalkeeper and I have never had the chance to try goalkeeping! I really want to switch positions one practice and give it a shot.
DS: If you could play another sport at Dartmouth, what would it be and why?
GB: I would love to play ice hockey because it has similar hand co-ordination skills to field hockey and it looks super fun and intensely competitive. Unfortunately, I can’t skate.
DS: Outside of sports, what are you most passionate about?
GB: I really love traveling to new places! I'm very passionate about learning and immersing myself in different cultures.
DS: If you participate in any service activities, what are they and how did you get involved?
GB: During the year, I participate in Canaan Club! It’s this awesome program started by tennis player Taylor Ng ’17 that has been running for almost two years now. Every week we go to Canaan Elementary School and participate in fourth grade PE classes to assist the teachers and to foster a community between Dartmouth and the town of Canaan.
DS: How is Hanover different or similar to where you grew up?
GB: Hanover is different in almost every way to where I grew up! I am from Brisbane, Australia, which is a fairly big city. Back home, I live in summer almost all year round and the environment is very urban and spread out - I can’t walk everywhere unlike in Hanover! The culture that exists in Brisbane is also very different, very laid back and relaxed.
DS: What are your plans for your upcoming off-term?
GB: I’m hoping to find an internship somewhere back home in Australia and enjoy the hot weather during Hanover winter.
DS: What would be your best advice to your 15-year-old self?
GB: Don’t be scared to do something different to what everyone else is doing. And don’t stress out about what you think you want to do in 10 years time, it’s definitely going to change and all you can do is enjoy the journey!