A self-described overachiever, Ann Eickelberg might be selling herself a little short. A Peer Mentor, an intern at the student center, an active participant in the Best Buddies program, and a member of the Douglass Cater Society and Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, Ann was also one of the captains of Washington College’s women’s lacrosse team.
Ann wasn’t a star recruit for the Shorewomen. In fact, she wasn’t even with the team at the start of her freshman year. That’s because she spent her first semester in college at another school. Still, she was welcomed with open arms.
“Even though it was mid-year and everyone had already made their friends, I felt that people were bending over backwards to include me. This is a great aspect of the school—when you walk to class and say ‘Hi’ to almost everyone you pass. I began to experience that after only one week at Washington College.”
Just as the College community wasted no time in welcoming her, Ann wasted no time putting in the hard work needed to improve her chances to play lacrosse. She earned her spot on the team, earned her playing time, and has now earned a role as a team captain. Her passion for the game and tireless work ethic has provided the motivation.
“I think that when you are dedicated to a sport, to your coaches, and to your team, that is when you truly enjoy playing the game,” Ann says. “Coach Julika [Blankenship] always tells us ‘Games are won when no one is watching,’ and I could not agree more. I know that through preparation and hard work, any player can achieve her goals.”
Preparation and hard work are themes running throughout Ann’s college experience. Balancing a wide range of campus and athletic commitments with a mathematics major and certification in secondary education, Ann plans ahead each week (“so I never fall behind”) and has demonstrated the desire to always give 100 percent in everything she does.
Ann’s next challenge lies across the Atlantic Ocean. She will be traveling to Tanzania this summer as part of a program with Professor Tahir Shad. With her background in education, she will be able to volunteer in schools there. “I will be introduced to a new language, new cultures and new lifestyles. The experience hopefully will improve my teaching abilities for the future.”
No doubt Ann will make the most of her time in Tanzania and beyond. She wouldn’t settle for anything less.
Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Captain
Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows
Pi Lambda Theta
Math Center Tutor
OSA Student Center Intern
Office Of Student Activities
As the student center intern I am in charge of scheduling work shifts for the student center and keeping the game room operating for students to use. I am also able to set up events, such as the Superbowl Party and game competitions, to get the school community involved and occupied on campus.
Q & A
Hometown? Amityville, NY
High School? St. John the Baptist DHS
Favorites C-town Eats? Ellen’s because everyone is so friendly and the food is delicious
Mistake My Freshmen Year? Packed way too many clothes!
How do you like your eggs? I like them with bacon on a bagel
Which Disney Character would you be? I would be Pocahontas because she gets to live outside and she has great hair.
Favorite time of the day? I like the mornings because you have the whole day ahead of you to do whatever you want
Favorite Class at WC? My favorite class was definitely Acting I and II with Dale because there was never a boring moment and we were able to interact as a class a lot.
Recommended Professor? Professor Amick (Math) because she is willing to go out of her way to teach every student and makes every class interesting.
Most Memorable Experience as a First-Year Student? My most memorable experience would be Birthday Ball because everyone was able to see each other outside of class dressed up and having fun as one school community.
If I Could be an Animal, I Would Be? a Kangaroo
One Thing You Shouldn’t Forget to Pack? Sweatpants!