Amanda Lope is a biology/ pre-med major at Wilkes. From Dallas, Pa., Lope swims for the women’s swim team at the university.
Q: What was the driving force behind your decision to come to Wilkes?
A: Mostly scholarships and the small campus
Q: Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?
A: I hope to do my surgical residency at the University of California San Francisco, after attending medical school at University of California San Diego.
Q:What are your hopes for your freshman season as a Colonel?
A: I want everybody to get their personal best times and grow as a family together
Q: When/Why did you first begin swimming?
A: I began swimming when I was 8 years old because my mom made me.
Q: If you had to choose one thing about Wilkes’ Swimming Program that you could improve, what would it be?
A: A more convenient practice schedule: we usually don’t get out of practice until 10 PM, it’s just hard to eat a good meal afterwards if you live in a dorm.
Q: Do you have other sports/interest/hobbies off of the field?
A: In my spare time I do yoga and study.
Q: Who would you say is the most influential person in your life?
A: My parents are the most influential people in my life; I love my Mom and Dad and know I can go to them for anything.
Q: A quote you live your life by?
A: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -Unknown
Q: What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?
A: To “be Colonel” means to be a leader, to have pride and always going beyond your expectations; being a Colonel means you’re a part of a family.
Q: If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?
A: If I could have dinner with a famous person from the past I would choose Rosa Parks.