The University Star spoke with Amanda Watkins, junior volleyball middle blocker, about her decision to come to Texas State, her vision for the team and her ideal career in the criminal justice field.
BS: As a transfer from Arizona Western, why did you decide to sign with Texas State?
AW: Basically, it was based off coaches talking amongst coaches looking to get me out of the campus. My coach at Arizona Western contacted me and asked if I would be interested in Texas State. After getting in contact with (Assistant Coach) Tracy (Smith) I flew out here and really enjoyed the campus.
BS: What were some of the things you enjoyed about Texas State and the town of San Marcos?
AW: Everyone is so friendly. Sometimes, I just can’t get over how friendly everyone is here. The campus is very welcoming. As for the team, there’s a very family-like feel to it, which I really enjoyed the most.
BS: What were some things you were able to take away from being around the coaches and players in the volleyball program?
AW: When I first came here, I thought the atmosphere was going to be very difficult, especially getting used to two-a-days. We had two practices each day for three hours each. I thought adapting would be a struggle. But when I look back on it, the high expectations the program set for their players helped push me beyond my limits as a player.
BS: How would you characterize the team at this point?
AW: We definitely have a lot of different personalities and characters. With the team, playing volleyball never has a dull moment. We have a lot of fun together.
BS: How do you think the team is prepared for the Delta Zeta Tournament in August?
AW: I think we’re really strong. We’ve clicked as a team really well. The starters are really quick and fast. Everyone’s on their tempo. So, I’m very confident that we’ll do well and be one of the more impressive teams. I have a lot of confidence in the team.
BS: How has it been adapting to the Texas culture?
AW: I enjoy it. Everything is very laid back. Back in California, I was a relaxed type of person, but everyone surrounding me was very fast, living a fast lifestyle. They always had to be doing something. I really enjoy the slower paced lifestyle over here in Texas.
BS: Your major is criminal justice. After graduation, is there a specific area of law enforcement you want to work in?
AW: I want to become a detective of homicide, but I have to go through the ranks, through sheriff and deputy and get promoted. My mom, father, grandfather and my sister have all been involved in law enforcement one way or the other. My family says the job is a struggle, but they all feel that I can accomplish my goal, which provides me a lot of confidence in pursuing that type of career.