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Chloe Noonan ’10, of Austin, Texas, shared her thoughts about (what else?) Sharples and why her teammates are the best part of running cross-country.
Daily Gazette: After a month at Swarthmore, what do you like the most?
Chloe Noonan: Personally I really like running cross-country, I love the people on my team, I love the sense of camaraderie, it was something that I wasn’t really able to find in high school as much with sports. I really like the community; I find that we’re really close-knit. You can just walk up and talk to people, and they’re very friendly and open.
DG: What is different than you expected, about college in general, or Swat in particular?
CN: I didn’t expect it to be so easy to get out and do things, I thought I was going to be bogged down with a lot of work but I find that I’m able to balance it very well with other activities. I find I’ve gotten better at managing my time as a result as a result of being here.
DG: Besides classes and homework, what do you do?
CN: I just started Swat Sudan, and I run cross-country. I wanted to gradually ease into extracurriculars because I didn’t know how much free time I was going to have. Cross-country takes up most of my life, I practice for about three, three and a half hours a day, sometimes more, and we also have to dedicate a couple of hours during the weekends and then there are meets, which require a lot of traveling. But it’s really a lot of fun; I find that I’m able to still keep up with my work and studies while doing it.
DG: What do you like most about being a member of the cross-country?
CN: It’s nice to have people on your team who really like to run as well, because it’s a very insular sport, running is not a team sport, or it doesn’t have to be, but with the people I run with we really are a highly functioning unit, we run together, we do everything together, there’s just a wonderful sense of being with people, we talk on our runs. And the coach is great. The thing I really like about my teammates is we are very self-motivatedÃƒ‘you don’t have to tell us to do our best because we wouldn’t do anything less. And I think that with people here you find that in every single discipline, that you don’t have to tell us to work hard; coach understands that.
DG: What would you change about Swat if you could? Or, what do you dislike about Swarthmore?
CN: Besides Sharples closing so early, because we have to run for so long that we’re usually running down just as they’re closing. The other thing that I found difficult is being able to see people in other dorms just because the doors are always closed. I understand that it’s a security effort, but it’s just sort of a pain to have to call someone and say, “Hey can I come over?” I’ve had to make a big effort to see my friends in other living areas on campus.
DG: What are your hopes for the future?
CN: That I can meet new people and try as many new things as possible. That’s what’s most important to me, to get as I can out of the experience.