SISU February Player of the Month: Ariana Castillo
Ari joined the rugby team her second semester sophomore year and despite an early ACL tear she is one of our most dynamic players. She's got some big plans and exciting ice cream opinions! Keep reading to find out more!!
Major: B.S. International Studies: Global Environment and Health
Hometown: Harrison Twp. MI
I have played other sports in the past--soccer and basketball--and have always been an aggressive player, despite my size. When I was introduced to rugby I was hesitant at first because I had no idea how to tackle or what it was like to be tackled, but I absolutely love the full contact of sport. During rugby season my confidence completely changes and I feel empowered in everything I do. I also love seeing people's faces when I tell them I play rugby and continue to explain that I do not wear pads or a helmet, just a mouth guard. The rugby atmosphere is also very different than other sports teams I've played on. We truly are family and strive to make each other better.
in 5 years, what do you see yourself doing?
I hate these kinds of questions, but I see myself being back in school. I love learning and would like to continue my education in Public Health or pursuing a doctorate in Medical Anthropology. At some point I also hope to own a dog.
who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspiration would have to be my mom. She has been through a lot in her life, yet never let's anything get her down. She's always been my rock and offering me words of wisdom when I need it (or when I don't ask for it too.) I strive to be as selfless and strong as she is. I also appreciate her silliness she always knows how to lighten the mood and make me feel better. I am very happy we have grown closer as I get older.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
best advice you've ever gotten?
favorite memory at Michigan so far?
My favorite memory of Michigan would have to be my 21st birthday. My teammate, Emily Sluiter made me a cake and invited the team to her house to sing happy birthday to me. I wasn't expecting so many people to show up! This was a time when I felt very loved by my team and I can only hope that I reciprocate this feeling. Also, the cake and ice cream were delicious.
if you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?
Superman ice cream, hands down. I like to think I have a colorful, playful personality. And as the name suggests, I hope I am a hero to someone one day--always there for them when they need me.
which continent do you most want to visit?