Olympic Hopeful Will Study Science, Physical Therapy

Meet the Class of 2019: Olympic Hopeful Will Study Science, Physical Therapy

An aspiring 2020 Olympian and incoming member of the UD Class of 2019, New Hampshire native Abigail Wade has been an archer for seven years now. In fact, her coach, Khatuna Lorig, is herself a five-time Olympic champion, the No. 1 female archer in the U.S. and the trainer of Jennifer Lawrence for the Hunger Games movies.

While she doesn't anticipate qualifying for the Olympics until 2020, Wade will travel to Texas A&M University in College Station the first weekend in September to shoot in the first stage of the 2016 Olympic trials. The top 16 archers from this stage will move on to the next stage in spring 2016; the top archers from the second stage will compete in one final stage to determine the ultimate 2016 U.S. team of four archers, three of whom actually shoot and one of whom is a back-up.

"UD has been very generous in allowing me to keep training," said Wade.

She learned about UD from her older sister, who actually just graduated in the UD Class of 2015 with a major in classics. Once on campus, Wade might join with a fellow UD archer, Angela Moore, BA '18, to start a UD archery club.

As a Catholic university that actually practices its faith, UD seems to be somewhat rare, said Wade.

Wade is currently undecided on a major, but she thinks she might like to work toward attending physical therapy school and will likely major in biology or another science.

"I'm more of a science-based person," she said.

Still, she's excited about the Core curriculum and looking forward to learning everything she can from the Core courses. The homeschooled second-oldest of five children (three sisters, one brother) isn't nervous about residence hall life -- she's used to sharing space with her sisters -- and can't wait to meet her hallmates and classmates. Rome is also, of course, a bright spot on the horizon of the next couple of years.

Overall, the experience will be very exciting, said Wade.

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