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Kristen Higa

Field Hockey




When did you begin playing field hockey? Why field hockey?

I started playing field hockey when I was a freshman in high school. In parts of California field hockey isn't offered until high school because it's not as popular of a sport on the west coast as it is on the east coast. I got into field hockey because my Auntie Kim played it when she was in high school and thought I'd be good at it. I ended up loving the sport and have played it ever since.


What has been your career highlight so far?

My career highlight has been making Big East with my RUFH '11 team. We got to compete at a high level and also gave us another excuse to have a road trip and spend more time with the team.


Who were your heroes growing up?

My heroes growing up would have to be Michelle Kwan and Jennie Finch. I always loved watching Ice Skating when I was little. Even still that's still my favorite part of the Olympics to watch. Also, before I started playing field hockey I played softball for about 12 years and Jennie Finch was someone I always looked up to.


What was your favorite subject in school and why?

I would have to say that History was my favorite subject in school. I always loved learning about our pastime and how everything came to be.


What part of your "game" are you most proud of?

Ever since I started playing field hockey, I always loved shooting, it's definitely the part of field hockey I fell in love with. Throughout the 8 years of me learning this game, whenever I would want to practice by myself, anyone would tell you that I'd always be working on my shooting haha


What advice do you have for an aspiring athlete?

What I always tell younger athletes is to play the sport because you love it, not because you're forced to play it. I know it sounds corny to say the saying "I play for the love of the game", but when you play at such a high level, you will go through so much adversity that your love for the game will overcome everything and in the end will make you a much better athlete and person.


What are your plans for after your college career?

After my college career, I'm looking to go back to California to be with my family and to get into the sports business world or possibly continue working with Disney.