Campus Celebrity: Ryne Smith
Major: Social Studies Education
Graduation Date: May 2013
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
HC: What are you going to miss the most about playing basketball for Purdue?
Ryne: I am definitely going to miss the games. There is something so fun about being able to run through the tunnel and feeling the excitement for the game. I also can’t complain about enjoying the free food.
HC: What would be your advice for potential college athletes?
Ryne: This is a tough one but I would definitely have to go with time management. It is a number one priority when you are an athlete in college. I would also suggest taking a lot of naps to make it through the day.
HC: What are your plans after graduation from Purdue University?
Ryne: I have an extra year here, so maybe graduate school. If not, though, I am going to be searching for a teaching job and also perhaps take up some coaching.
HC: Who is your biggest role model and why?
Ryne: There is no doubt on this one. I would definitely have to say my dad. He is the most mentally tough person I know. He rubbed off on me in that way and is pretty influential not only about basketball but also life in general.
HC: What is something every Boiler should do before they graduate?
Ryne: They should go to breakfast club at least once and at stop by the den for a ‘den pop’.
HC: What is something most people don’t know about you?
Ryne: Well, I’m in the little league baseball hall of fame. I played in the Coopers Town Tournament and hit two homeruns when I was 12 years old.
HC: What would be your ideal girl? Date?
Ryne: I really like a girl that has a good sense of humor, which is number one for sure. I really go for athletic girls and someone who wants to take care of themselves to stay healthy. I also want someone who is genuine and thoughtful. I appreciate when people put others first, and that is a quality that really stands out to me. As for an ideal date, I would have to go with a classic dinner date.
HC: Best memory here at Purdue?
Ryne: I have two favorite memories here at Purdue. The best basketball memory is winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2009 in Indianapolis. As for a non-related basketball memory, going to the Wiz Khalifa concert was pretty cool.
Photo Credit: Ryne Smith