Feb. 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Throughout her years at Florida State, senior Ania Rynarzewska has proven to be a leader on the court and an inspiration to student-athletes in the classroom. Not only did Rynarzewska earn her bachelors degree in three years, she began taking graduate courses her junior year. Although Rynarzewska has only four more months of collegiate tennis left, she will continue to be an example of a true Seminole as she aspires to get her Ph.D in the future. Get to know Ania Rynarzewska off the tennis courts as she takes time to answer questions about her life.
1) How does it feel to have gone so far academically and how does it feel to be in grad school?
A: I came here for both school and tennis, but I don’t want to speed up tennis because I love being here. As far as school, I want to get as much knowledge as possible. I like where I’m at right now.
2) What are your plans for the future?
A:I would like to find a career in research with academia, consulting or preferably marketing.
3) Will you continue playing tennis after you finish school?
A: For fun, but not to compete.
4) How does it feel to be the only senior on the team?
A: It feels the same because I was always older than everyone else. It does cross my mind sometimes it’s my last semester.
5) Do you feel you have to guide the younger girls?
A: No because the girls and I are making good decisions. We know why we are here and we know what it takes to succeed.
6) If you could play any other sport besides tennis what would it be?
A: I would run. I would continue running 100s because I ran in high school.
7) Where are you from?
A: I am from Poland and miss it a lot.
8) What do you miss the most?
9) Do they come and watch you play?
A: Unfortunately thy have not, but I am fortunate enough to visit them once a year. I was expecially luck this year to go twice.
10) Is it cold on Poland?
A: Not right now. They’ve had milder winters lately, but not mild for Florida; mild for Poland’s winters.
11) What do you like to do for fun other than tennis?
A: I don’t have time for fun…just kidding. I like just hanging out with my friends and cooking for them.
12) What do you like to cook?
A: Lasagna is my favorite to make, as well as shrimp. I do my own Creole seasoning and meatballs they way we do it in Poland.
13) When you first got here was it hard to transition from overseas?
A: It was at first because I couldn’t really speak English and no one knew what I was trying to say.
14) Did you ever have an embarrassing moment where you said something wrong?
A: Yes! I kept saying words with two meanings and everyone was looking at me weird when I would say something offensive or wrong.
15) Was there a certain player that took you under her wing and showed you around campus?
A: Not really because I was independent.
16) Do you feel you have to do that for say someone like Noemie?
A: Well I try to help her out as much as I can if she has questions. She knows she can come to me if she needs anythingm, but at the same time I think she needs to make her own experiences. I think it’s a mix of both. I don’t really show her around, but because I have experienced it, she knows I am there to help her.
By: Ultima Rogers-Sports Information Intern