Introducing our newest blog series, Informationist Athletes Spotlight! In this series, we will be sitting down with a few of our Informationists and discussing their athletic achievements. Our second spotlight features Informationist Ashby Sussman. Check out the Q&A with Ashby below!
Q: What sport did you play and, if you played in college, where did you play?
Alpine Ski Racing at Cornell University, where I majored in Mechanical Engineering.
Q: How did playing your sport enhance your college experience?
Ski racing has always been a big part of my life and I am so happy that I was able to continue to race in college. I met some of my closest friends through the ski team. It enhanced my college experience in several ways: 1. I met so many people that I would not necessarily have crossed paths with otherwise; 2. Ski racing gave me something to look forward to do during the freezing cold Ithaca winters; and 3. it provided me with a mental outlet/another thing to focus on outside of my strenuous coursework.
Q: What was the most memorable moment of your collegiate sports career?
Qualifying and competing at USCSA Nationals each year. They were in Sun Valley, Idaho, Sunday River, Maine, and Lake Placid, NY, and included teams from across the country.
Q: How were you able to take what you learned on the slopes and apply that in your work as an Informationist?
As Women’s Captain of the Cornell Ski Team, I learned a lot about leadership, time management, and the importance of teamwork. All three of these traits can be applied to my work as an Informationist. During the season, I had to manage and coordinate the team’s practice and race schedules, transportation, housing, and budget, while still balancing my schoolwork and social life. As a result, I learned how to plan ahead, manage my time, and prioritize tasks—all of which are things that I have had to do on my projects at Knowledgent. Furthermore, I learned about the importance of supporting your teammates. On my projects, we often collaborate and brainstorm, and support each other where needed to get the job done. Though we have different roles on a project team, we are all working towards the same goal, just as our team was all collectively working towards qualifying for major events such as Nationals each season.
Q: Do you still play this sport as a hobby?
Yes, I ski almost every weekend in the winter. When I lived in Boston, I used to race in a weeknight league at Nashoba Valley with several other Cornell Ski Team alums! We also all get together once a year for a week-long ski trip out West.
Q: Do you have any advice for new skiers?
My advice to new skiers: Give it a try, take a lesson, and try to go out on a day when it’s not below freezing!