This month’s Meet the Maryland Hokie is Stacey Christy Senior Middle Blocker for the Volleyball Team
What part of Maryland are you from?
Favorite thing to do in Maryland? Favorite place to visit?
My favorite thing to do in Maryland would have to be going out on the river during the summer. We go out in the morning and stay all day soaking up the sun, tubing, rope swings, fishing and enjoying the company.
How did you first learn about Virginia Tech?
When I was a freshman in high school. The assistant coach showed up to a few tournaments and also came to one of my club practices.
Why did you chose Virginia Tech? Did you have a connection to VT prior to deciding?
As a freshman in high school I hadn’t started thinking about college yet. I had no prior connections just decided that I should at least visit the school since they showed so much interest. When I got to the campus I fell in love. Virginia Tech has this effect on everyone that visit its campus. You come once and then someone you’ve visited 20 times before you’re even a student. The culture an atmosphere is enough to make anyone want to come here. You’ll never meet people like the ones you meet here in Blacksburg. They become friends and family that will last a lifetime.
What is your major and why did you choose it?
It took me a few major changes to finally land upon the one that was really meant for me and had the most influence on what I want to do with my future. Human Development opened my mind in so many ways and lead me to passions I hadn’t yet stumbles upon. I am currently in a master’s program under our Agricultural and Life Sciences Department concentrating on Leadership Studies.
How has being a student athlete added to your experience at Tech?
Virginia Tech is a family in itself, but being an athlete allows you to have an even closer knit connection with students from all over the world and build bonds you might not have had a chance to without athletics. You make incredible connections with the dedicated staff and great friendships with the alumni that cares so much for each sport here at Tech. All of these connections and relationships are what make this experience worthwhile.
How has being a student athlete prepared you for life after graduation?
The student development program through athletics offers many career programs and leadership programs every semester to help us get a head start on preparing for life after the game. We meet people from all different types of careers and are able to get advice on interviewing processes, what to expect in the workplace, as well as how to set ourselves apart from the rest.
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 am a Community Outreach Representative through student athlete development, with this I attend and try to get others involved with all of our community projects and programs. I’ve been a member of No Hokie Left Behind since my freshman year, this organization is ran through the Blacksburg Police Department with the goal to spread and create the safest environments for when it comes to areas outside of the classroom. I am also a member of the Leadership Culture Advisory Team ran through Student Development, with this program we try to get as many athletes to learn more about how they can use their personal characteristics to be a great leader and how to best ways to lead those around them.
Is there a particular faculty member, administrator, local citizen, etc. that 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?
Wow this is a hard one. I don’t think I could really pick one person in the athlete department. I’ve come across some many incredible people over the last 5 years I wouldn’t want to leave out any of the people that have made a lasting impact on me and my experience here at tech. The staff is so passionate about their jobs and even more passionate about us that they’ve inspired us and challenged us all to become better Hokies.
What are your plans after graduation? Do you think you will return to Maryland someday?
I have not decided on a definite career path. I’m open to anything, just want to do something that could have a lasting impact on the world. I don’t plan on heading back to Maryland upon graduation. Maybe one day, but think it’s time to travel around and experience more while I can.
What do you do for fun when you have free time?
I don’t have a lot of hobbies right now since school and Volleyball have been my main focuses for many years. I do hope to get into surfing and yoga once my Volleyball Career is over.
What’s your favorite food?
Maryland Blue Crab and Mashed Potatoes
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and is there a story behind it?
Stace, sometimes adding the y just takes a lot out of you lol.
What type of music do you listen to? Favorite Artist?
I listen to a wide variety of music hip-hop, rap, country, pop punk, indie, EDM anything that sounds good really. My favorite artists would be The Chainsmokers. Actually went to see them twice in one month in the spring of this year.
What does the Hokie Club mean to you and how has it impacted your time as a student athlete at Virginia Tech?
The Hokie Club has allowed my teammates and I to form bonds with alumni from all over the country and with many different experiences of their times at tech. We’ve had the privilege of seeing how true Virginia Techs culture has stayed for many years, making us more inclined to help carry on the tradition. My experience here at Tech wouldn’t have been the same without the people and experiences that the Hokie Club has offered to me.
Do you have any message for the Hokies living in Maryland?
Don’t let anyone ever tell you there’s another state with as much pride as ours. #MarylandPride