December 5, 2012

Give & Go: Bucknell's Top Scorer Arriana Sajjad

by Matt Forman | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Arriana Sajjad counts being named Bucknell's rookie of the year by the school's student newspaper as one of the prouder moments of her lacrosse career.
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Bison sophomore attacker Arriana Sajjad explains how she decompresses with yoga, Disney and dance, from December’s Give & Go interview from Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Who's your favorite athlete?
I am a huge soccer fan, so Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff. Many people would argue in favor of either Pele or Maradona, but I really admired Cruyff. He just had incredible vision and a gift for understanding the game.

What's one thing you can't live without?
My iPhone. I can't go a day without texting or checking my email. I've been obsessed with Instagram lately too.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?
My teammate, Caroline Collins — literally about her normal day-to-day life, and it would be the most entertaining show ever. She might be one of the most spontaneous, talkative and outgoing girls I know. There's never a dull moment with her.

Where did you go on your last vacation?
Orlando, Fla., this past June. I have a 5-year old brother, and my mom and stepdad really wanted to take him to Universal and Disney. We stayed for about a week and a half and went to all the major parks.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?
Hanging out with my friends or family. Yoga, especially bikram, since it makes me feel so relaxed and de-stressed.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?
International coverage. It's only a matter of time, but it would be amazing to see lacrosse become as internationally popular as soccer. It's such a fantastic sport. It truly would be incredible to see lacrosse in the Olympics.

It's 2022 — Where are you and what are you doing?
Ideally, living in either New York City or in L.A., having a high-paying job, and married with kids.

What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?
Hearing I was named "The Bucknellian" rookie of the year. There was an article in the Bucknell student paper about it with a giant, blown-up picture of me from one of our games. I looked so intense it was almost terrifying — and it was so embarrassing. Either way, it was definitely a proud moment.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
An astronaut in my kindergarten years, then I had my heart set on being a veterinarian since I was obsessed with animals.

What's the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome?
My parents' divorce. They divorced when I was really young, and while I was growing up we dealt with a lot of rough patches as a family. Over the years there were a lot of times when I just wanted to give in and give up, but if anything it's taught me how to be strong, carry on, and forgive and forget.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be?
Kate Middleton, hands down.

One thing about you not many people know?
I have danced since I was really young. I did tap, jazz and ballet. I wish I still had the time to do it in college.

What is under your bed right now?
Just some big travel bags or suitcases. Nothing weird or special.

Overtime

If you won $10 million, what would you do with it? (from Rochester Knighthawks and Hamilton Nationals player Joe Walters)
Buy my dad a new jet ski. When I was 15, we took the jet ski on the Severn River in Annapolis, and I clogged the engine with seaweed. Turns out, I ended up breaking the engine. He was not very happy to say the least.

Double Overtime

What's your favorite work of Shakespeare? (from Will Schlegel, Norfolk, Va.)
My top three are definitely "Much Ado About Nothing," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Romeo and Juliet." Picking a favorite is tough, but it would probably be "Much Ado About Nothing." The plot and characters are so entertaining and relatable.

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