Summer Break is Over, But Experiences Create Lasting Memories

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The 2012 Ivy League Champion Yale Volleyball Team. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Off-Season Featured Different Challenges for Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN -- Navigating an underwater farm, feeling the thrill of international athletics and exploring South America. 

Those were some of the ways the Bulldogs kept busy during the summer break after capturing a third straight Ivy League title.

Several Yale volleyball team members had unique summer experiences:

  • Senior middle blocker McHaney Carter spent the summer in New York City and workied for J.P. Morgan as an Equity Flow Sales Training Analyst. Carter learned about the markets on the sales floor in the height of day-to-day activity. "I especially liked the fact that the job requires one to simultaneously thrive in a competitive, fast-paced environment yet remain meticulously attentive to detail," Carter said. She said the opportunity was not only educational, but also rewarding. "The trading floor is such a cool place," Carter said. "I really enjoyed my work and learned so much."
  • Junior outside hitter Gabby Bird-Vogel immersed herself in Spanish culture during a four-week stay in Peru. Vogel stayed with a host family and took classes to learn Spanish at Universidad del Pacifico, and other classes such as afro-peruano dance classes and a Peruvian cooking class.  "It was a great cultural experience and the food in Peru was fabulous," said Vogel, who sampled popular dishes such as ceviche and anticucho.  "We went on many explorations, such as centro del historico where all of the conquistador history occurred," Vogel added.  
  • Sophomore middle blocker Maya Midzik spent the summer learning to manage an organic farm on campus and participated in diverse educational programs that support exploration and academic inquiry related to food and agriculture. As an intern with the Yale Sustainable Food Project, the experience included planting and harvesting veggies, working the farmer's market, helping out at events at the farm, exploring an "underwater" farm near the Thimble Islands in Branford, Conn.  "I learned about food insecurity and food justice issues within different New Haven communities," Midzik said.    
  • Sophomore libero Christine Wu completed an eight-week fellowship at Yale with a grad student mentor, Jill Goldstein, on a project involving skin cancer, tumorigenesis, and the role of a gene called NFATc1. "We used mouse models to study the genetics involved in skin tumor initiation and progression," Wu said. "I got to apply many concepts that I had learned throughout the year." She had the chance to section tumors using a machine to cut tissue into thin slices so they can be put on slides to be studied studied under a microscope.  "It was a really great experience, and I learned a lot," Wu added. 
  • Freshman middle blocker Lucy Tashman represented the U.S.A. and competed in the Maccabi games in Israel.  "My favorite part was absolutely opening ceremonies," Tashman said.  "It is an absolute rush walking into a stadium with thousands of people watching and chanting USA as loudly as possible."  U.S.A. finished fourth out of five teams in the international Jewish athletic event, but the one-in-lifetime trip created many memories for Tashman. "During the first week all the U.S.A. athletes did Israel Connect, which was a site-seeing program in which we visited places like Masada, the Dead Sea, and many army places. I think Masada was my favorite because it instilled a pride in everyone for being Jewish," Tashman added.

Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity