Senior Spotlight: Z. Jackson
June 19, 2017
Q: How long have you been playing soccer?
A: I think about 10 or 11 years.
Q: Did you ever play any other sports?
A: I tried volleyball and track my freshman year.
Q: What was it about soccer that made you decide to stick with just that?
A: My dad played it growing up, so it’s a connection I have with him.
Q: How much training do you do per day or week?
A: In season, we practice five days a week. In the offseason, I go work out by myself and try to at least run as much as I can.
Q: Do you have an offseason?
A: I do, especially this past year, because I was focusing more on academics in the offseason.
Q: Regarding the sports you play and academics, what’s more important in your life?
A: Academics over everything for me.
Q: What skills do sports teach you that you apply to life?
A: It teaches me perseverance and how to get through tough situations.
Q: What goals do you have next year, academically and/or athletically?
A: For academics, I would like to make the academics challenge team and for sports I would like for us to win the district championship.
Q: What are your personal dreams?
A: Find a career I love and be happy doing it.
Q: Any coaches, teachers or family members who have helped you get to this point?
A: My dad has been the best coach since I was young and he coached me in AYSO and he still always helps me.
Q: What advice would you give to the next generation of Lady Conchs?
A: Don’t sweat the small stuff. High school seems like everything right now, but it’s just a stepping stone to the rest of your life.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?
A: Pretty much the same thing. Don’t sweat the small stuff and try to keep the bigger picture in mind. Don’t freak out over the little things.
Q: Anywhere in the world you want to visit?
A: Thailand or Bhutan, because they look beautiful. Or France because I want to try out what I’ve been learning.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
A: I like to play the piano, sing, play with my dog and hang out with my friends.
Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced as a student-athlete?
A: Long nights after games, when I just want to sleep, but I know I have a test the next day and I have to study on the bus.
Q: Do you have any college interests?
A: My dream college is NYU, but I’m not really sure. I want to go to somewhere in the New England area.
Q: If you have an opportunity to play soccer in college, no matter the size or location of the school, will you take it?
A: I think it would all have to come down to where I’m most happy.
Q: What is something you would tell your college roommate about the Keys?
A: Don’t come in the middle of August, because the heat index will be about 106 and the humidity is not fun.
Q: Next year, when you come back home for a visit, what will be the first meal you ask for?
A: My dad’s curry chicken.
Q: What are your career aspirations?
A: Something with international relations like being an ambassador. I like to travel and meet people from different cultures.