Junior Ricky Griffin has accrued numerous athletic and academic honors during his career at Carnegie Mellon, including a recent honor by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), along with several of his teammates.
The men’s soccer team has seen much success so far this season, and with the end of the year fast approaching, Griffin took some time to share his insights on the soccer season and his life at Carnegie Mellon.

The Tartan: Who was your role model in sports while you were growing up?
Griffin: I had a lot of role models because I followed a lot of sports. The one that I remember in particular is a young Michael Owen, who came out and played in the World Cup as an 18-year-old, and just played with a lot of energy and no fear.
My dad was my inspiration to start playing soccer. He is from England, so he started me playing the game as soon as I could walk. He really kept me going and has been there to push me to keep playing my whole life.

T: Do you have a favorite sport other than soccer? If so, what is it, and what do you like about it?
G: I’m a really big fan of all sports. While soccer is my favorite, I also follow professional and collegiate football, basketball, baseball, and hockey quite closely. I’m definitely an avid sports fan who is always on perusing the headlines and always catching live games on TV.

T: What has been your most enjoyable class or who has been your favorite professor so far at Carnegie Mellon?
G: I really enjoyed Business Communication with Professor Evelyn Pierce. It was a really practical class where we did a lot of things that we will be doing in the real world. It was also a small class that was open to peer editing. Our projects allowed us to be inventive since we had to create our own company, which was the entire basis of the class. This allowed for a lot of creativity and fun for the entire semester. Professor Pierce was very enthusiastic and helped keep the class positive.

T: If you could invent something, what would it be and why?
G: I guess I would invent a time machine so I could go back and experience different times in history as well as the future.

T: Where would you like to live after you graduate from Carnegie Mellon?
G: I would love to live in New York, since I’ve lived there most of my life and it has everything to offer. As for a career, I can see myself either pursuing one dealing with finance or hopefully down on Wall Street, but maybe something in the sports world. Sports is really where my passion is, but Wall Street is where my education is taking me, so we will see where I end up.

T: What is your favorite holiday and why?
G: I’m going to have to go with Christmas. It’s always a time where all of my family is able to get together. It’s a great atmosphere, with everyone happy to give and receive gifts. My family always make great food and enjoys it together. It’s always something to look forward to, and it’s a happy time with family.

T: What are some of your goals for your senior season next year?
G: I definitely want next year to be better than this year. It’s hard to set those goals until we see how well we finish up this season. I think we have a lot of potential for this year and even more next year. Hopefully we can make a deep run into the NCAA tournament both years.