[MUSIC PLAYING] [CHEERING] Volleyball is a sport of
intense action, deception, and quick motion. It involves an object
hurtling through space– [CHEERING] –propelled by force. A reaction to an action,
one of Sir Isaac Newton’s fundamental laws of physics. Perhaps it’s no surprise,
then, that volleyball player and astrophysics
major Megan Wilson is passionate about the sport. My parents signed me up for
a volleyball camp one summer. I had no clue what I was doing. And it just was kind of a moment
that I had with that sport that I didn’t really have
with a lot of other activities or sports that I tried. And I really love the
atmosphere and playing with a bunch of
people and having that really big connection
with the other girls, which is really cool. Wilson has also made a quantum
leap in her contribution to the team in her
time here so far. She has made huge gains in terms
of her confidence, her ability to run the offense
that we’re wanting to run, being a leader on
the court with her teammates, setting the right example,
doing the right thing. She’s made huge strides, as
big as anybody on the team. It’s really, really
special to play with a bunch of
girls who are also really passionate about
volleyball and school. In her younger years, Wilson
discovered her other passion, astronomy. I’ve kind of been really
interested in astronomy for as long as I can remember. My grandma used to take me down
to the National Air and Space Museum in DC. And we’d go to the
planetarium shows and look through the telescopes. And it was just kind of I’ve
always been interested in it. Astrophysics requires
a great deal of time and is not a major commonly
seen within the student athlete community. I didn’t even know that we
offered the major until she showed interest in it. Because I’ve been at some other
very highly academic schools, and there’s been some
architecture, some engineering. But astrophysics is not one
that comes across your plate very often. Now in her second
year, Wilson has grown accustomed to the
unforgiving schedule and rigors of a highly challenging major
mixed with a varsity sport. Just recalling how
difficult it was just trying to organize student life
along with academical rigor. Everything that physics and
the STEM fields have that’s just so demanding. For instance, the lab space
here is a four hour lab. That’s only including
the work that Meg has to do here in this classroom. That’s not even accounting
for the number of hours outside where she’ll
be doing derivations for harmonic motion,
writing up full lab reports for all the activities that she
actually does here in the lab, as well. And then on top of
that, keeping in mind all of the various
practices, conference travel, everything else
that she has to manage. Yeah. No free time at all. But if it is free
time, I would rather spend it doing extra reps
or doing research or working with professors or whoever. It’s definitely going to be
volleyball or astrophysics. Not because I have to,
but because I like to. And it’s because it’s something
that I really, really do enjoy. And whether it’s with
her head in the stars or her feet on
the ground, Wilson has a firm grasp on not only
her academic and athletic experience, but
something greater. It puts a lot of
things in perspective. And I think that astronomy is
a very, very humbling field. And it’s really cool to
see where did we come from. Why is all of this
the way it is? And it’s just kind of a field
for really curious people, because they want to understand
the world around them. And that’s really what we’re
trying to do at the base of it. [MUSIC PLAYING]