Vikings Athletics caught up with fifth-year women's basketball guard Sheridan Popenia to hear about her time as a Viking, as she works her way towards graduation and applying for a Master's of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in your basketball career?
SP: With COVID, it has been difficult to set basketball goals this year, especially since I am graduating. For the remainder of the year, it is my goal to continue to work on my leadership skills and stay active and healthy. I have been very fortunate throughout my basketball career, and have gained a lot of valuable relationships and experiences from both Medicine Hat College and Augustana.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Viking?
SP: I chose to become a Viking because of the family-like atmosphere and welcoming teammates. I also love the small campus and community.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Viking?
SP: The best thing about being a Viking is the competitive environment, the fans and the tight-knit athlete community.
Q: How do you spend your free time when you are not in the gym or on the court?
SP: When I am not playing basketball, I am usually doing homework, working out, playing with my dog or spending time with friends and family.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
SP: The best advice I have ever been given was from my coach in my first year at MHC. When I was trying to decide whether or not to continue playing basketball or transfer back to the University of Saskatchewan to finish my degree early, he told me "the best seven years of my life were the seven years of my undergrad degree." Without this advice, I would not have extended my program, continued playing basketball and ended up at Augustana. I am extremely thankful for the memories and experiences I have gained throughout the six years of my undergrad degree.
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