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Lizzie Wright ′09

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Needham, MA
Totally cool fact: Although she plans to go to dental school, Lizzie is majoring in business so she will know how to run her medical practice.

What made you decide to come to school in the South?
My brother Steven was a baseball player for the Lynx, and knowing my passion for soccer, he boasted that Rhodes was a great place to be a student-athlete. He was right. Playing on the women’s soccer team has far exceeded my expectations. In my three years at Rhodes, we have compiled a 36-13-6 record. I’ve met some of my best friends on the team, and my coach, Bobby Lessentine, has been a wonderful mentor both on and off the field.

What is it like to be a student-athlete at Rhodes?
Coach Lessentine encourages his players to give their best efforts in games and practices, but he also expects us to do the same in the classroom. Our team was recognized as a 2007 Team Academic Award Winner by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the third year in a row. I’ve found the professors at Rhodes to be just as accommodating as my coaches. I am a business major and plan to attend dental school after graduation. My business advisor, John Planchon, has guided me on how I can use my marketing and accounting background as a good foundations for running a successful dental practice. Biology professor Alan Jaslow has always been extremely approachable and has helped me tailor my classes to anticipate my future in dentistry.

Do you ever get homesick?
When I headed to Memphis from Needham, Massachusetts, I knew I was leaving behind family and friends, ice hockey and snow. But when I arrived at Rhodes to a warm welcome, I knew I would find a new home here in Memphis. The food here—especially the barbeque—is delicious, and I love going to Memphis Redbirds baseball games and other Rhodes sporting events. I even run into my brother from time to time when I’m in The Bryan Campus Life Center working out. Steven is a part-time recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for the baseball team.

So…what happens next?
Next fall, I look forward to a great soccer season and hope our team makes it to the NCAA tournament. Go Lynx!

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