Get to know more about Cristen and her squad below:
How did you choose your school?
I chose University of Memphis just for Memphis Pom Dance Team. Ever since I was in high school, I had my eye on this dance team because of the amazing things they would do at nationals. I am honored to say I am a part of this spirit squad.
What is it about cheerleading you like the most?
Being a part of the athletic side of the university and getting to be in the action that goes on for sporting events and marketing. It is truly a feeling that cannot be explained.
Was it easy to adjust to cheering in college?
No, not at all. I have been busy my whole life and been a great student, but college is a different story. The school work is harder to stay on top of because you do have free time, and because you are incredibly busy doing appearances, practice, work-outs AND sporting events. I am also in a sorority, so I originally put sorority, my social life, and dance team in front of school, but I quickly learned that was not the way to do it!
How busy does cheerleading keep you?
Extremely busy! It keeps me on task and it is great to have a schedule. Every Monday and Friday we practice from 1:15-4 pm. Every Wednesday night we have practice at 8:30 pm until whenever we get things done. We also have Sunday practices to work on extra things! On top of practices, we have workouts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30 – 7:30 am as a team. All of this work keeps us in tip top shape for all of our performances!
What are some cheerleading traditions at your school?
The TIGER spell out!