College Cheerleader of the Week: Cristen Quick, University of Memphis

Meet this week’s College Cheerleader of the Week, Cristen Quick from the University of Memphis! The senior from Louisiana initially attended and cheered for LSU before transferring to Tennessee. She’s majoring in child development and family studies and balances her schoolwork with sorority life, daily three-hour practices, and friends.

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!

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