Q/A With Drew Paradis

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GS:  Use five words to describe yourself.
DP: Responsible, Caring, Diligent, Self-Disciplined, Honest

GS: Describe your perfect day - who would you spend it with, what would you do, where would you be?
DP: I would spend it with either my family or my close friends and we would enjoy a day on the lake skiing, tubing, and just hanging out on the water. Or we would be camping on the North Shore up by Grand Marais, MN. Either way it's a great day!

GS: What is your pre-race routine?
DP: I wake up and go for a shakeout run, I eat a light breakfast...or lunch 3.5-4 hours before race time. Then I get cleaned up and everything packed and ready and then double check to make sure I have my spikes and jersey. Many times I then wait and relax, and read a book or my Bible.

GS: Other than the Gophers, what is your favorite sports team? (College or Pro)
DP: Though they have both broken my heart in the past couple of seasons, I love the Twins and the Vikings. Good times are coming for them.

GS: What do you miss the most about being at home?
DP: Hands down...My Mom's cooking is the best! In the summer I miss the lakes as well.

GS: Who was the most famous person you have ever met?
DP: Hassan Mead! Look at him...he's a stud.

GS: If your life was to be turned into a movie, what genre would it be; what would the title be; what actor would you have star in it?
DP: It would be an action movie...some crazy adventure. Title is still up in the air, but Matt Damon has signed on for the part.

GS: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
DP: If I could go anywhere, I would travel to Europe to see all of the incredible history and architecture over there. Oh and I bet the food would be pretty good.

GS: What is the best advice you have received? Who was it from?
DP: The best advice I have ever received has always come from my Dad. Some of the advice that he has given me is to be a man of integrity and to put forth my best effort no matter what is necessary.

GS: What are you listening to on your iPod right now?

DP: Phil Wickham


GS: If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?
DP: I would have to agree with Sean Olson's Response to move forward in time, because I know there are many Superbowl's in the future for the Minnesota Vikings.

GS: Where is your favorite place at the University of Minnesota?
DP: My favorite place to run is probably River Road. It's so nice to run there during the fall and spring.

GS: What is your major? Why did you choose this major?
DP: I am a Kinesiology major. I chose this because I am really interested in learning about the movement of the human body. And it will prepare me for Physical Therapy grad school.

GS: What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
DP: Should I hit snooze?

GS: Do you have any siblings? How many?
DP: I have an awesome older sister, Megan who works for NDSU and I don't see nearly enough, because of our busy schedules.

GS: What is your favorite class or professor so far at Minnesota, and why?
DP: Anatomy lab and lecture were both great classes. I loved learning about the human body and seeing how it all works together. It's amazing! Plus who wouldn't like studying with Mike Torchia and Mike Shelendich?

GS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
DP: If I had to eat only one thing, I would choose to eat Spaghetti, because it is always delicious meal.

GS: Who was your role-model as a child? Why? Has your role model changed now that you are older?
DP: Though I have had certain people during different times in life that I have looked up to, my parents have always been my role-models in life. I respect them so much for whom they are and their unconditional love and kindness for everyone around them.

GS: How has being a student and athlete at Minnesota influenced your life?
DP: Being a student at Minnesota has obviously influenced my life in many ways, because I am getting my education here and I usually learn something new every day from class and everyday experiences. As an athlete competing as a Gopher, it has been an amazing journey thus far where I have been surrounded by some great brothers (my teammates), and I have learned that in life you get knocked down and back...a lot. But your true character is seen with the response of getting up, learning, and pushing forward towards your goals.

Go Gophers!

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