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Senior Spotlight: Nick Donohoe (Football)

Senior Spotlight: Nick Donohoe (Football)

Name: Nick Donohoe
Sport: Football
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Biology

Why did you choose UChicago?
It was an excellent opportunity to be part of a great community, education, and football team.

Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
The Monmouth game. It was a heartbreaking loss, but it was also the game that felt like our team was the most united and everyone was playing their best.

Favorite team tradition/activity?
Every first-year must sing a song in front of the whole team at least once during camp.

What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
My high school coach had a way of motivating everyone to not only give it our all in games, but during practice and during the offseason. His passion was infectious and drove us to be the best we could. I also played for a small school, so everyone knew each other extremely well and we all formed a strong bond, making us want to play even harder.

What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
Mental toughness and the importance of working for/with others.

What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
Do more than what's expected of you. The team is so close to doing something special. If everyone pushes for it, we can be a perennial playoff team. You are the future of the team, and you can begin and continue a strong foundation for this team.

Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
Introduction to Film Analysis. It's hard to say which one I've learned the most from, but this class is one of the more unique classes I have taken. I love movies so I thought this class would be fun. It gave me tools to analyze films and a passion to continue this path for a cinema minor.

Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
Professor Zhe-Xi Luo. His class on Mammalian Evolution was fascinating to me and always encourages questions that broaden our understanding of the field, and how much is still left to discover. He is also interested in each individual student and always wants to get to know everyone.

Favorite place on campus?
The quad. It is beautiful and a great place to relax and play.

What are your post-graduation plans?
I hope to get into medical school. First I will take a gap year.

Outside of your current sport, which sport or activity do you feel like you would excel at the most?
Basketball is my second passion. If I didn't play football, I probably would have played basketball in college.

Favorite Chicago restaurant?
Giordano's.

Strangest thing you've ever eaten?
I tried to eat grass once.