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A conversation with STU Law’s Nicole Baudini (1L), a U.S. over 35 Field Hockey World Cup Goalie

When did you start field hockey? Has it always been a passion?
When I was 10 years old and lived in Argentina. Yes, since the moment I started playing, I just loved it. And still to date, it is my passion to play and engage others in playing it. I want to instill the love for the sport and teamwork to little ones. Field hockey has provided me with so many friends and amazing moments in my life – I want others to live that as well.

This will be the second year you’ve made it onto the US Field Hockey team, correct? Yes, I was also part of the O35 Team who competed in Terrassa, Spain in Summer of 2018. That was the first year the USA presented an O35 team.

How does this compare to the first time making the team? I now know what to expect, I feel more confident, and already know some of the players on the team with who we had excellent vibes.

Are there any obstacles you envision this time around? Studying! Of course, last time I was not attending Law School so I had more time to focus on my training. Now, it is more difficult to juggle the many things I have on my plate and getting my workouts done.

What do you look forward to the most this time around? Certainly, playing against the top teams in the world. We seem to have a very strong team this year so I am really looking forward to getting on the field. First matches are against Argentina, Germany and Spain, which are all very tough teams. I am looking forward to the challenge!

What do you say to people when they ask, “how does a law student have time for such a demanding extra-curricular?” “If there is a will, there’s a way.” People who know me know that I am not only a flex law student, but I also work, I am a mom, a wife, and a field hockey coach (I coach 8-9 year-old girls and boys twice a week who play matches on Saturdays). I have to optimize my time. I hardly watch any TV or series and do not really sleep a lot. I also have a incredible husband and daughters, and a great boss, who make everything much easier.

Do you believe field hockey has prepared you to become a better lawyer? Definitively. I am a goalie and you only have seconds to stop shots, to dive or to move around. It requires fast reflexes, immediate decision making and knowing how to read your opponent’s play. It is also a team sport where you need to act in synch with your team, and rely on each player to do a good job as a team. All qualities a lawyer needs to be able to identify problems and come up with viable solutions.

How can STU Law follow along on this journey & cheer you on?
• The main page
• Here’s the link to the roster

Thanks for sharing your insights with us Nicole! We are all rooting for you!!!

Yamile Rodriguez

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