Women’s Soccer Senior Spotlight; Christina Chai-Chang
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Midfielder Christina Chai-Chang will graduate this season and will be honored on Senior Night against Elon (Oct. 30). Recently she spoke to UNCGSpartans.com about her experience as a Spartan.
What made you decide to transfer to UNCG? After making the decision to transfer in general, I was on a hunt to fulfill a feeling that I was missing. Despite my history with Steve being my youth coach, when I drove through Greensboro I just knew that I had found that missing piece. There was just something about the warmth and friendliness about UNCG that captured me. I felt that UNCG would make me great and help me grow. I felt at home and so I transferred.
What has been your favorite memory since being a part of the team? My junior year, I will never forget when one of our teammates at the time was dealing with a lot of family issues and she was distraught. She was not able to finish a fitness test and she had to complete it in order to pass preseason. So at about 11 o’clock at night the entire team came out to help her get through the test. Everyone rushed out to our stadium faster than I’ve ever seen to help her through it with just car headlights as light to run. The support that we all gave her was amazing and that moment brought our team so much closer.
How long have you been playing soccer and what attributes make a good midfielder? I have been playing soccer since I was six years old and I have been a midfielder my entire life. To be a good midfielder you have to be smart above all things. Technique, skill and fitness are all good and important attributes as well but the best midfielders are creative and have vision like no other.
Who were your Role Models growing up? Growing up, other than my parents, my role models were Mia Hamm and Brandy Chastain. I absolutely loved them and wanted to be just like them.
Explain what it was like to play against Chattanooga last season after returning from an injury? I was absolutely in a trance. I don’t think it really hit me that I was playing, running and marking an actual person in a game. To be honest, I was encompassed with emotions that I did not even understand but I knew I was just happy. That was one of the best days of my life and I will cherish that moment forever.
If you could give a piece of advice to a teammate about succeeding in college soccer what would you say? Never give up. Give all that you have and give all that you are. Apply yourself to the fullest in every aspect and enjoy yourself. Four years is a short time and you want to make every minute worth it. Succeeding in soccer does not mean playing all the time. It means being great with your relationships on the team, being great in school and being happy in life.
If you could start your college career over again what would you change and why? I wouldn’t change much but if I could, I would change how timid I used to be. I didn’t speak up for myself when I needed to. I let others whether in soccer or in school make decisions for me. I wasn’t heard. Not until the end of my sophomore year did I get enough courage to actually become my full self. That’s when I made the decision to transfer and do what was right for me.
What are your career aspirations after college? After college, I aspire to go to graduate school for Industrial Organizational Psychology, while I also gain experience in the workforce in Human resources.