Taylor Reifert is a freshman on the men’s soccer team. Playing at midfield, he has participated in all six of the Vikings’ games thus far.
Where are you from? What drew you to Lawrence?
I am from Chicago, Ill.. The sense of community on campus is what drew me here. I felt the most at home here.
How did you start playing soccer? What do you like most about it?
My mother is a college soccer coach at the University of Chicago, so it’s in my blood. I enjoy scoring goals and celebrating with my team the most. There’s nothing like that rush.
Given your skillset, what do you hope to bring to the team this year?
I hope to bring good distribution from the midfield. It will allow us to better start our attack.
What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to this year?
Becoming a part of MARS (Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault). It’s something that a lot of guys are involved with. I also think that the issue is something super-important, and it does not really get discussed enough.
What has your athletic career here at Lawrence taught you about being academically successful as well?
Constantly having practice helps you learn to have a schedule. It helps to make sure I am getting everything done.
How have your teammates helped you transition into the life of a collegiate student-athlete?
I would say that it was nice to know how everything worked before everybody else got here, such as how to use campus resources, […] how to ask if I need help in classes, or to make sure I am getting my work done. My teammates helped out a lot.
If you had a class with a celebrity this term, who would it be and why?
Probably Donald Trump. I think he’s crazy, and I want to know what is going on in his head.