INTRODUCING … York College senior women’s soccer goalie Sarah Spanarkel. A three-time CAC All-Academic team member, Spanarkel recently returned from a semester studying in Ireland to prepare for her third year as a starter for the Spartans.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play? I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old. I played for my high school team (Toms River, N.J.) at the varsity level for 3 years while playing for a few travel soccer teams in order to reach my goal of playing college soccer. This is my fourth season playing for the York College women’s soccer team.
What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus by far is right near the walking bridge on main campus under the weeping willow tree. I think is just a beautiful spot and I love to go sit on the grass near there and read.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit? It would have to be Europe. I have just gotten back from studying abroad in Ireland last semester and absolutely loved it! It really was a hard transition, going by myself into another country, not knowing anyone and no way of really coming home to see my family and friends for four months, but it was one of the best decisions of my life. The trip was fun but I also know it will help me grow into a stronger individual. I would not trade the experiences, the lessons and of course the fun for anything in the world. I would recommend studying abroad to everyone!
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)? I’m a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society and also a member of Athletes for Christ. Outside of campus I’m very involved in my church, and I love to sail. I’m also a sailing instructor in the summer months. I love sailing because it is something I share with my brothers and it is also highly competitive at times as well as a relaxing hobby. I have been sailing since I was 8.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career. The most memorable experience I have had so far was probably in 2008 when my team beat another team (Salisbury) in our conference after 2 overtimes and it went to PKs in the down pouring rain. This is my most memorable moment because we did not give up. It was a real team effort.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students? I think the economy is the most important societal issue facing college students. I believe this because our economy is not too great right now and it is hard to pay for college at the moment but we need this in order to be successful in the future.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it? I wouldn’t want to change any one thing in particular. I just want my presence to be felt by people and have a positive impact on their lives. I’m not sure how I’m going to do this yet but I’m excited to see what the future holds.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline? My major in college is Political Science. The most important thing I have learned is probably how to write term papers correctly, because I think this will help me in my future plans of law school.
What is your favorite form of entertainment? My favorite form of entertainment would have to be watching movies with my family, boyfriend, and friends. I just think it’s so relaxing and fun. It is the best when it is a really rainy or snowy day.
What is your favorite source of information (TV, book, magazine, website, friends in dining hall, etc.)? My favorite source of information would have to be a little bit of each of the newspaper, TV and the internet. Then compare what I have heard or learned with my friends in the dining hall.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be? Enjoy your time in elementary school because it just get harder from there, and especially enjoy nap time. Don’t take it for granted because you are going to wish you had more nap times when you are older. On a more serious note, don’t ever get discouraged, keep working hard and it will all be worth it in the end.
Outside of the Capital Athletic Conference, who or what is your favorite sports person or team? Probably Duke because I have had many family members graduate as well as play sports there.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with? Hope Solo – because that would be a lifetime opportunity to pick her brain about goalkeeping and also what was going through her mind through the PKs in the 2011 World Cup Final. Each of my grandparents – because they have each passed away and it would be great to see them again. I would love to fill them in on what is going on in my life and take the opportunity to learn more from their wisdom. Jesus Christ – because I just want to sit and listen to his teachings and his wisdom. I know we can read it but it would be great to be with him.