March 21, 2008
Macarena Silva, a freshman on the Florida State University women’s golf team, has earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting line-up during her first year on the team. She helped the Seminoles earn the team victory at the Louisiana State / Cleveland Golf Classic last week and will look to help the team turn in a strong performance at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic this weekend in Athens, Ga. Silva sat down with seminoles.com and discussed her personal and team goals for the spring 2008 season.
What are the goals you have set for yourself this year?
I want to be able to compete and travel in all of the tournaments and start shooting 75 and lower in my competitive rounds. I feel like my teammates and I have gotten off to a good start this spring and we just have to continue to get better throughout the season and into the post-season.
What keeps you driven and focused on these goals and on your golf game?
My dream is to be a professional golfer and I am putting all of my efforts into working toward that goal. I’m conditioning my body, working to be physically stronger and practicing hard so that I give myself the best opportunity to succeed.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind when you graduate and leave the university? What do you want to be remembered for?
I really have a long time to think about that answer in order to be able to give a complete answer. I just want to do my best and if an All-American title or numerous trips to the national tournament are in my future that would be great. Right now I just want to stay focused and work hard.
What’s the difference between your home in Chile and being here at FSU?
The big difference is that going to college in the United States gives you the opportunity to compete in your sport on a higher level while getting an education. In Chile, the universities are so demanding that you don’t have the opportunity to participate in both sports and education, which is why I love it at Florida State and in the United States because you can do both and I get to keep playing golf and getting better.
Was coming to school in the U.S. easier or more difficult than you first imagined?
Because I learned how to speak English in high school my transition has been a lot easier than I originally thought. I’ve also been lucky to have understanding professors that who have worked hard to help me understand the material that I am learning. Other than that it has been an adjustment, but I’m having fun.
What do you enjoy most about being a Seminole?
I enjoy that everyone at Florida State University loves being a Seminole. Where I’m from you just go to school and no one has pride in the institution. They just go school to get an education and that’s where the story ends. At Florida State everyone supports the university by wearing the colors and coming to games or events. It’s great to be apart of.
What are some obstacles or things you have found to be difficult in your transition to the United States and to Florida State?
I miss my family a lot, which is the hardest part about being in another country. Also since my English is not perfect I struggle with it sometimes but I feel like I have grown a lot and I learn something new everyday.
What do you miss most about your home in Chile?
I really miss my house and my family because back home I was kind of spoiled and taken care of but here I am on my own .
Where do you feel your need to do to improve your game or take it to the next level?
I want to improve my confidence most but I feel that if I get a couple of good rounds under my belt then that will get better. Also I want to improve my putting cause that’s what can take your game from good to great.
What are your hobbies what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to watch TV shows like CSI and programs on the CW. I enjoy playing other sports like tennis and soccer.
Story and Questions By Sara Young Sports Information Student Intern