Q&A With Women's Soccer's Megan Collins

Senior Megan Collins sat down with UABSports.com to discuss her time in Birmingham as part of the women's soccer team.
Aug. 18, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Members of the UAB women’s soccer team will sit down with UABSports.com throughout the 2014 season to conduct Q&A’s. Check back with UABSports.com weekly for different features as the season progresses.

Today's Q&A features senior Megan Collins, a native of Montgomery, Ala. Below Collins talks about her time in Birmingham and much more.

What will you miss most about UAB?
“I will miss being around such an amazing group of girls. Each of them having their own unique personalities, but together we are a family. I've realized that each one of us serve a common purpose at UAB. Whether we are struggling to pass a fitness test, beating our max squat weight, or even fighting in the last few seconds of a match, we are all united. If one of us fails or succeeds, we all do. Every day we go through the same battles. I'm going to miss seeing my family every day and fighting our battles together.” 

What are your plans after you finish up at UAB?
“Since I have been in Alabama for the majority of my life, I want to travel to different parts of the United States. Then, I want to continue my education and go on to occupational therapy school and eventually become an occupational therapist. I would love to work with children.” 

What is one thing people do not know about you?
“I am allergic to pets.” 

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
“My biggest influence would be my big brother Sean. When I was about four or five, I found my love for soccer by watching him play. He played high school, club, and eventually played on AUM's (Auburn University Montgomery) men's soccer team as a center midfielder. On top of my club or high school practices, my brother would drag me out to the field and made me juggle, pass, shoot, and run with him. Without asking, he trained me so that I would be ready for preseason my first year at UAB. Countless times, he would take time out of his day to help me become the player I am today. Words can't express how big of an influence Sean was and is for me. I look up to him for more than just my soccer career.”



What has been your favorite moment at UAB?
“I will never forget when we played Ole Miss and I won the ball on the opponent's half of the field, crossed the ball in to Paige Hanks and she scored a header. About 10 or 15 minutes later, I had the ball around half field and gave a through ball to Paige and she scored again. The absolute thrill of sprinting towards Paige and giving her a huge hug was sheer happiness. It's moments like that, which I will never forget. They spark within that split second of a long and hard season and really make being a division one athlete worthwhile.”

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
“I would travel to Okinawa, Japan. I've only been a couple of times but it was hard to remember much because I was so young. Things I do remember are the beauty and serenity of the island. It is peaceful and things we take for granted, are not so accessible there. It is a place where you can appreciate what you have and see the beauty in the clear water oceans and mountains.” 

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