Sammy Edwards

Sport: Women’s soccer

Age: 21

Year: Senior

Hometown: Dublin (Coffman H.S.)

Major: Strategic communications, minor in criminology

Question: Let’s start with your summer internship with the OSU police department. How did that come about?

Answer: I realized I needed to start getting a feel for what I wanted to do after college, so I applied for the Huntington Bucks Go Pro internship, which gives student-athletes a chance to get professional experience in a work atmosphere. I applied for law enforcement and got to work with the investigative unit at the police division. It was an eight-week program that allowed me to see firsthand how police work is done, from many different job positions.

Q: Have you long been interested in police work?

A: Ever since I was a little kid. While other little girls were playing dress-up in princess dresses, I put on my police costume from Halloween and ran around arresting my family. My mom would joke that she knew whenever I had my police costume on because when I would go up and down the stairs, my fake handcuffs and keys would make a loud rattling noise. My interest in police work has never gone away. I’ve always been drawn to the excitement of it and liked the thought of doing something that makes a difference in the community. I am not 100 percent sure I want to go into police work, but I do know that whatever I end up doing will be something that helps others. I am passionate about things that I believe make the world a better place.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how different was it than “CSI” or some other cop show on television?

A: Sorry to disappoint, but it really isn’t comparable. There is way more that goes into police work than busting down the door of a murderer’s apartment. There is way more paperwork, authorizations, planning, etc., that goes into everything they do. I am not saying it doesn’t get exciting at times, because they definitely had many fun stories they shared with me. I just know now that with everything you act on, there is paperwork waiting for you on the other side!

Q: Generally speaking, what sort of work did you get to do with them?

A: Some of the things I did at first were input vehicle citations into a database, run simple background checks on people applying for security positions at the university, and transcribe audio interviews the investigators conducted from victims, suspects or witnesses in a case. That was the desk work I did, but I was also able to go on two search warrants, ride along in a cop car, look over evidence, and sit in on interviews with investigators. I only worked three days a week so I was happy I got to work on many different things.

Q: So you never got to yell “Freeze, scumbag!” at anybody?

A: Sadly, I did not. It definitely would have been cool to be in that situation, but I think I would have maybe rephrased it to keep my internship.

Q: What was the most exciting thing that happened during your internship?

A: Going on two search warrants. It was awesome to see how search warrants are conducted from start to finish. From holding a briefing on how it will be carried out, to watching them swarm a house with their guns drawn (I watched from a safe distance in a running car), to the collection of evidence and interviewing that takes place after. I was allowed to go in and collect evidence with the investigators.

Q: How might this experience help you when you’re out of school?

A: It helped me learn how to work in a professional environment. Not only did I work at the police station, I also took part in the Bucks Go Pro career development classes two times a week that addressed many helpful professional skills. As student-athletes, we do not have a lot of time to take internships or gain work experience due to how busy our schedules are. I am so grateful I was able to be a part of the program; I took a lot away that I will use when I enter the workforce.

Q: Speaking of which, are you one of those seniors who feel like their final year of college sneaked up on them?

A: Yes, 1,000 percent. It truly feels like yesterday I was a freshman thinking about “all the time I had left” in the program. We live such a structured life, so much of my time at OSU blends together because I’ve had almost the exact same schedule since I started. It’s surreal to me that my soccer career at OSU, what I worked so hard at to achieve, is almost over. But it has been an amazing three years and counting.

Q: Do you have immediate plans, or are you still figuring things out?

A: I am definitely still figuring things out. In completing my communications major, I am unsure if I want to go that route or the criminal justice route. I have also had strong interest in the military since I was a kid, so I may look at opportunities there. I will try and narrow things down and see if anything presents itself. But as of now I am not going to close any doors.

Q: If push comes to shove, would your mom and dad, Kim and John, allow you to move back into your old room?

A: As much as my mother and father love having me home, I think they are hoping I continue to remain independent. Eighteen years was probably enough. They have disruptive cats to deal with now.

Q: Not many college athletes are lucky enough to play where they grew up; are your parents able to catch most of your games?

A: They are my absolute biggest supporters. No matter what, rain or shine, they have been going to every home game all four years and I still find myself smiling when I spot them in the bleachers before a game. Sometimes they even make a trip out to some away games, which is special to me.

Q: Rough estimate: How many of your soccer games do you suppose your family has sat through?

A: Wow, that’s is a hard question. Rough estimate, maybe 500? I have played since I was 5 years old so I don’t know if that is even close.

Q: Should I assume Sammy is short for Samantha? When did you make the call to go with the less-formal name?

A: Yes, my real name is Samantha but I go by either Sam or Sammy. I’ve always been a “tomboy” so I started to call myself Sam when I was younger. All of my childhood friends know me as Sam, but when I entered high school I felt like changing, so I started writing Sammy on all my school papers and created my social media usernames with the name. From there on it just kind of stuck. It is funny because you can always tell if it is a childhood friend I am speaking with or a friend from high school and later by which name they use for me. As for Samantha, that’s the name my mother uses when I am in trouble!

Q: How did you get involved in soccer? Were you a child with lots of energy that needed an outlet?

A: I played in the small community league that almost all the little kids of Dublin join at some point. I was for sure a kid with boundless energy so I am sure my parents were happy seeing me put it to good use. From there, I continued to rise in the level of play as I grew up and eventually joined Ohio Premier, the local travel team. As much as OP helped me get to where I’m at today, I was definitely sad to see there were no more postgame orange slices and juice boxes at that level.

Q: What do you remember about your first competitive soccer game?

A: Unfortunately, I do not remember my first game. However, I can assume it was much more structured with not as much “beehive” like swarming of the ball. At least I like to think it was!

Q: And you played basketball for a while, right? Was it difficult to give that up?

A: Quitting basketball will go down as one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Basketball was the sport that I showed more potential in, it came more natural to me than soccer did and I was completely drawn to it. I loved “breaking people’s ankles,” doing no-look passes, and shooting deep three-pointers. I genuinely believed I was going to be able to dunk when I grew up, no matter how tall I was. Sadly, my 5-foot-3 self only got me to swipe the net. I ended up playing from around 7 years old to my sophomore year of high school. I was looking more into a future with soccer, trying to commit to a school, and did not have time to train for both sports. I shed some tears on that decision but I knew it was for the best.

Q: How might your many coaches over the years describe you? (By that I suppose I mean, are you easy to coach, and have you always been?)

A: I think my coaches have found me easy to coach. I am a pretty positive/upbeat player and usually just do what they tell me. If they have advice for me I try and do it the next opportunity I get. Sometimes I do get in my head a little bit and need to be told to chill out, but other than that I have worked well with every coach I’ve had. I like to try new things on the field and be tricky (which sometimes does not work), but thankfully I’ve had coaches that welcome that and appreciate it. I think they know I am a hard worker though and will work to get the ball back anyway!

Q: Do you have a favorite soccer player?

A: Megan Rapinoe. I think she brings so many different things to the game and is such a well-rounded player. She is skilled and tricky on the ball, but also has really good vision on the field. I will never forget the ball she played to Abby Wambach’s head in the 2011 World Cup to send them into overtime against Brazil. I ran out of my house screaming with excitement. I also had the privilege of hearing her talk at an event at Ohio State with Wambach. She seemed like such a down-to-earth, funny person and fantastic role model to female athletes.

Q: Are you a fan of other teams and sports? Assuming so, do you have a favorite team and/or player?

A: I am a huge football fan. I follow the Cincinnati Bengals because my dad grew up there and I love the city so much. Who Dey! I am also a major LeBron James fan. I have been obsessed with him since I was little. I think he is the best athlete in the world and another great role model. He is the reason I wore the No. 23 every chance I got!

Q: Will the American men make the World Cup?

A: Honestly, I follow the women’s national team way more than I follow the men’s team so I don’t know. As I have been hearing though, it doesn’t look too good. I do hope they make it, though, because I absolutely love the World Cup and would love to cheer for our country.

Q: Are you really, as your Twitter profile boasts, a “Mountain Dew enthusiast”? Do tell.

A: If we are being honest, I am drinking one now! I may have a minor caffeine addiction and Mountain Dew happens to be the drink of choice. I don’t know what it is but I have been drinking Mountain Dew for years and everyone knows it is my favorite. I could see myself being passionate on a marketing team for them. Like I said, not closing any doors!

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