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Get to know: Austin’s Rachel Christenson

Rachel Christenson is a senior tennis player for the Packers, who will compete in the Big Nine meet this weekend.

Q: What sports do you compete in?

A: I compete in tennis and I used to participate in track!

Q: How did you originally get into sports?

A: I’ve been playing sports since I was young. I used to play softball and basketball but began playing tennis in the seventh grade. 

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?

A: My favorite sports memory is probably going to state for basketball and supporting the boys! 

Q: What have you learned from sports?

A: I’ve learned a lot from sports but the most important is the ability to work with others, whom you may not get along with, toward a common goal. 

Q: What is the hardest part about sports?

A: The hardest part of sports is not getting in your own head about how the match is going. 

Q: How do you keep your focus when competing?

A: To keep my focus I like to take a minute between games to just take a breathe and remind myself to play the best I can. 

Q: Who is your biggest sports role model and why?

A: My biggest role model is probably Serena Williams. She showed me that I can still pursue my dreams while having a family and personal life. 

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?

A: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!” It’s a really funny show about cops in Brooklyn. It always makes me laugh, I highly recommend it! 

Q: If you could have a conversation with anyone in history, who would it be?

A: I would love to have a conversation with Marie Curie (a physicist and chemist who won the Nobel Prize)! I think it would be cool to know more about the exact work she did.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: My dream job is probably something where I can work to help protect the environment and other people. 

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: My favorite food is either spinach and artichoke dip or chicken nuggets. 

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: My favorite song is any song off of the album “Divers by Joanna Newsom! I love her use of different instruments. 

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: After high school I plan to attend a 4 year college and pursue a degree in some form of science. 

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A: If I could have a superpower, I would want the power of shape shifting! It would be awesome to be able to change my appearance at will.