Hailing from Reno, Nev., Ciera Lucich values the independence that being far from home offers her. The 6’3” right side hitter on the Illinois State volleyball team explains what it is like to be an athlete at ISU, illuminating the fact that she is a student like everyone else and is involved with more than just class and volleyball at ISU.
What year are you and what is your major? How did you decide on your major?
I am currently a junior majoring in communication studies. I decided on my major after doing a community service-based Spring Break trip, which lead to me wanting to become a volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit.
How did you choose Illinois State for your college education and volleyball?
I chose Illinois State University for a few reasons. I felt like it was the perfect amount of students, and the atmosphere when I got on campus made me feel so comfortable. I was also super interested in all the student organizations on campus.
Do you believe being a student-athlete puts a lot of pressure on you? What do you think is the most challenging part of being a student-athlete?
Yes, being a student-athlete creates more pressure in my life. The biggest challenge is time management. With practice every day and traveling on the weekend we always have to be on top of our work, especially when we miss class during our season in the fall. Of course there is always the pressure to help your program do well but that is part of being on a team, and that is what you want: to win.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me is waking up in the morning for weights, going to two or three classes, followed by a combination of practice, meetings and film. Then it’s on to homework and studying for exams.
Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities outside of volleyball? Are you involved with any clubs on campus?
I am highly involved with a student organization called Student Today Leaders Forever. We have weekly meetings leading up to our trip over Spring Break. It is a nine-day trip where we visit seven cities and do a service project in each city while forming relationships that are built to last. I also attend Encounter on Monday nights, am part of SAAC and occasionally go to sign practice for sign language, which is something I wish I had more time to dedicate to.
Does being so far away from home (Reno, Nev.) bring on difficulties?
I really enjoy going to school away from home. I have the space to grow and be truly independent and on my own. However, I do have family in Wisconsin, so a visit is never too far away.
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show is “The Vampire Diaries” because me and two of my teammates, Eliza (Smith) and Stacey (Niao) have been watching it since freshman year and now it has become a tradition to watch it together. Other TV shows I really enjoy for their humor are “The Office,” “New Girl” and “Hart of Dixie.” My favorite movie is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”