Meet The Postgraduates- Annie Snead

Posted on September 24, 2020

This year here at USTA Hockey Club we are excited to have an increased intake of scholarship postgraduates join us! From attending weekly pitch and gym sessions, to coaching some of our other teams, the postgraduates have already fully immersed themselves in the club and we therefore thought it fitting to introduce you to them!

Head to our Instagram and Facebook page to meet the rest of our scholarship postgraduates.

For more information on postgraduate scholarships, click here or email our director of hockey ([email protected])

Annie Snead

Annie is a Management Masters student from Virginia who previously studied Elementary Education, and Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg (Our Partner institution! Head to the university's website to find out more about our joint degree programme)

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On the pitch Annie plays in midfield, where her go-to skill is a C-scrape dodge. Off the pitch (kind of) Annie loves to coach hockey and previously coached the younger teams for her old club! Annie is now coaching the women's 3s team here in St. Andrews and we are thoroughly enjoying having her as a part of our coaching team for the year.

Here's what Annie had to say about her postgraduate experince so far...

Why did you choose to study at St. Andrews/ what enticed you to come to Scotland?

I found out about St. Andrews from 2 different places. First, William and Mary (my college in the U.S) has a dual program with this university where kids can study undergrad in both locations. So, I already knew this was a great institution. Second, I was able to connect with Jamie, the head of hockey here, through my college coach in the United States. Jamie came to William and Mary to coach our summer camp and I was able to talk with him after I finished up my senior season about what it would be like to study and play here. After finding out more, it seemed like the perfect fit!

How are you finding your first few weeks here? Have you signed up to any other sports clubs/ societies?

My first few weeks here have been great! I have enjoyed walking around the town of St. Andrews and getting oriented with the different restaurants, coffee shops, etc. I also love that it is located so close to the beach! I am currently only signed up for the hockey club, but I am thinking about signing up for the golf club or buying a golf pass. Golf is a hobby of mine and I would love to be able to play on one of the historic courses. 

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How are you finding online lectures and tutorials?
It will be an adjustment to take classes online, but I am excited to be learning from all the amazing lecturers in the Management department over the course of the year. 

What are your goals for the year?

I am excited to experience living in another country! I have never lived outside of Virginia and never gotten the chance to travel, so I’m grateful for this opportunity.

Any advice for undergraduates?
My advice for undergrad students is to take advantage of all the opportunities you can to step out of your comfort zone. It's super important to put yourself in scenarios you aren't 100% comfortable in because it helps you learn more about yourself and grow as a person. For me, coming to an international school was a huge step for me, as I have never been out of the United States. I am excited to push myself and experience living in another place for the next year.

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