This month’s “Meet the Maryland Hokie” is Aaron Gomez, Senior for the Men’s Tennis Team.
What part of Maryland are you from?
I am from La Plata, Maryland. It is part of Southern Maryland (Charles County).
Favorite thing to do in Maryland? Favorite place to visit?
Well, it would probably be fishing and jet skiing because that is probably the only fun thing I do in Maryland. I don’t really have a favorite place to visit other than visiting my friends at their houses.
How did you first learn about Virginia Tech?
I learned about Virginia Tech because I was looking to play for a Division I tennis team that was neither too far nor too close from home.
Why did you chose Virginia Tech? Did you have a connection to VT prior to deciding?
I decided to go to VT because I loved the head coach as well as the team. I felt like I connected with the team well when I was on my recruiting trip. I didn’t have a connection with Virginia Tech.
Who recruited you to Virginia Tech?
The head coach of the men’s tennis team, Jim Thompson.
What is your major and why did you choose it?
My major is psychology, and I chose it because I can really use that kind of knowledge in all aspects of my life.
What is your greatest on-field/sports memory?
It was last year when we beat Duke, who was ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time. I scored a point in that victory, and when we all beat them, it made the team, and I, believe that we can do anything if we compete like warriors.
How has being a student-athlete added to your experience at Tech?
Being a student here at Tech has taught me how to live on my own and has also taught me how to be responsible. Being a student at Tech has positively influenced my maturity in profound ways.
How has being a student-athlete prepared you for life after graduation?
Being a student has prepared my life after graduation because I have learned how to be responsible and organized.
Are there any other activities (clubs, student organizations, volunteer activities, etc.) in which you have been involved during your time at Virginia Tech? If so, tell us about them.
I haven’t been a part of any other activities.
Is there a particular faculty member, administrator, local citizen, etc. whom you’ve had the good fortune to meet during your time at Virginia Tech who has really inspired or challenged you in some way? If so, who was that person and in what way have they made an impact on you?
A faculty member whom I have had the pleasure of meeting was Dr. Robin Panneton. Dr. Robin has impacted me in my views of development. She has made me sensitive in the fact that there are a myriad of ways that environmental factors can affect our development. I can apply this knowledge to my job when I am a tennis coach after I graduate.
What are your plans after graduation? Do you think you will return to Maryland some day?
My plan is to work as a tennis coach at the tennis academy I trained at when I was younger. I actually want to move to Virginia because my job is in Fairfax. But I will be living at home for a couple of years to save up and pay off my student loan bill.
What do you do for fun when you have free time?
I like to lift weights and get stronger. Other than that, I like to hang out with my buddies.
What’s your favorite food?
I like everything.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and is there a story behind it?
I have many nicknames: G-MEZ, Gomie, Gomez, A-A-Ron, Diesel, Gomie Fresh. There isn’t really a story behind those names.
What type of music do you listen to? Favorite Artist?
I like to listen to country music. I particularly love Brantley Gilbert and Brad Paisley.
Do you have any message for the Hokies living in Maryland?
Yeah, I have a message: Move to Virginia.