Throughout the summer we will be keeping you updated on what the Gophers are up to. We start with Tori Finucane who just completed her first week of interning with Tabula Rasa NY in New York.
Finucane just completed her eligibility this past season. After transferring to Minnesota for her senior season she went 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 51 strikeouts.
Gopher Sports: First of all, how is your summer going so far?
Tori Finucane: It’s been going great! I’m in New York right now for an internship, so I’m getting a whole new experience. I've been here many times before because I have family here, but it’s a completely different demon when you start doing things here yourself. I just experienced the subway alone for the first time while running errands for my boss. Let’s just say I hope to master it by the time I leave.
But this place is amazing and really an experience. It’s so different in the best way and is taking me out of my comfort zone. The food, the culture, vibe of each borough and not knowing what each day will bring has been really thrilling.
MN ✈️ NY
First day in the books. pic.twitter.com/wpS2tSphuc
GS: You are in New York for a fashion internship? How did this come to be and how have the first few days been? What are you most excited for?
TF: So I'm working for a company called Tabula Rasa NY. My sister actually works for them, so that’s how I was able to get my foot in the door. It’s a smaller company, which has made everything really hands on. I've been helping with shipments, learning how to fulfill web orders and doing a lot with their social media implementation. A few days ago I was able to go into their showroom in Manhattan to pick up samples from their new collection. I brought some samples to Vogue Australia and the rest were used for a photoshoot. It’s just been really exciting to see the behind the scene activities that goes into the daily needs of the company. Because it’s a smaller company I am able to interact with the founder and designer everyday. It is an incredibly collaborative environment.
GS: Any other big summer plans?
TF: The internship will take up a majority of my summer life. I will head back to Minnesota in early August though which isn’t too bad. I have Bruno Mars and Usher waiting for me for a concert packed month!
GS: You transferred to Minnesota for your senior season and instantly fit in. Was this season what you had hoped for? What was your favorite part?
TF: I think it was even better than I was expecting. I was definitely nervous coming in for just my senior year. There were so many unknowns, but I soon realized that this transition was for much more than just my senior year. I could not have felt more blessed and welcomed into this crew. There is truly something special about the culture that’s been engrained in this program. We really do love each other. We bicker, we have fun and I have had breathing problems from laughing too hard. I honestly think that’s why there was so much success this year. Two championships were just mirrored by how well this team meshed.
GS: You brought some big time humor to the team. What is your funniest memory?
TF: Oh my gosh. Well humor and constant laughter on this team was an everyday occurrence. It’s so hard to choose just one because I swear something happened everyday either in the locker room, on the field or wit traveling.
Katie Kemmetmueller is someone who could make me laugh no matter what. She really outdid herself our last week of practice in Minnesota. All of the girls were up in the press box waiting for the rain to stop, and the coaches were waiting in the dugout. We decided that it would be fun to sing over the loud speaker and Katie decided to serenade everyone in the dugout with a shoutout to Coach Allister. She sang her favorite song, Strawberry Wine, over the loud speaker and I was hard cry laughing. She knew every word and added her fun twist. It was the best way to start practice.
GS: What will you miss most about this team?
TF: Honestly, just random stuff like with what happened with Katie. It was insane the amount of things that would happen with this team. I would be walking down the hallway to the locker room and would hear the High School Musical soundtrack blasting. My teammates would be hardcore jamming and dancing. At the time I would just shake my head, but I would give anything to have another day in the locker room like that. This team was special and one-of-a-kind. We had so much fun doing everything and anything, while having one common goal that always kept us together. I will miss this team big time, but it makes me so excited to watch them next season.
GS: Plans for after the internship is over? You still have a semester left correct?
TF: Yes! One more semester. It’s going to be an adjustment being just a student, so that will be fun and frightening. Not sure what to do with all of my time. I will still try and help out with the team when I can. I’ll graduate in December and then the rest is still up in the air.
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