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Pedrya Seymour
Women's Track & Field

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

 Native of Nassau, Bahamas
 Member of Bahamas National Team
 2011-12 Bahamas All-Star Student-Athlete of the Year
 Hobbies include running, eating, singing, and dancing


Q: You grew up in Nassau, Bahamas. What made the University of Illinois the right choice for you?

I was recruited by the former head coach of the women's track and field team. Although relatively far away from home, I know that the University of Illinois was the right choice for me because my education comes first and this is a recognized university everywhere, even throughout the Caribbean. Also, I was familiar with the former successes that the university women's track and field team has had and will continue to have.

Q: In your short time on-campus, what do you like most about Illinois (both as a student and as an athlete)?

As a student, what I like most about Illinois is the diversity on campus. From my first day of classes, I felt comfortable knowing that a lot of students traveled the same distance as me or even longer hours without their families. I also got a lot of help from the International services here on campus which made transitioning to campus even easier.

As an athlete, I really appreciate the amount of resources (academic and athletic) that the University offers for student-athletes.

Q: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

I have one brother, 30 years of age.

Q: Talk about your time with the Bahamas National Team. How was the experience?

I have had an opportunity to represent my country through sports, throughout the Caribbean region and as far as Europe since the age of 13 and will continue to do so. It is always a pleasure to give back to my country through sports.

Q: You are currently in DGS (Division of General Studies). Have you found a major of interest yet?

This spring, I am going to declare a communications major.

Q: What is one unique fact about yourself that even your teammates wouldn't know?

After the completion of my studies here at UIUC, I'm going to mortuary school to be a mortician.

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