Big Rapids to Glasgow

by Published: Jan 12, 2011

Ferris State junior guard/forward Tricia Principe will travel to Glasgow, Scotland for a two-month graphic design intern­ship this summer.

Principe, a native of Kalamazoo and grad­u­ate of Mattawan High School, said she stud­ied abroad in Europe the past few sum­mers and loved it.

“I decided on Glasgow because I have a friend that lives there that could help me out and be a good con­tact,” said Principe. “I searched online for all the graphic design com­pa­nies in Glasgow and sent emails and called many of the companies.”

Principe landed an intern­ship posi­tion at 55 Degrees, a com­pany that builds web­sites and spe­cial­izes in over­all sys­tems archi­tec­ture for online dig­i­tal media.

Education is not the only facet of life that Principe is ded­i­cated to. She earned the team’s Hardest Worker Award as a fresh­man. Last sea­son Principe led the nation in free-throw per­cent­age by sink­ing 92.5 per­cent of the 93 free throws she attempted.

While graphic design is very impor­tant to Principe, she said it is not in her imme­di­ate plans after grad­u­a­tion. She plans on grad­u­at­ing in May 2012.

“My goal is to play pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball over­seas so that I can con­tinue my career,” said Principe. “After my bas­ket­ball career is over, I will then hope to work as a designer.”

Through 14 games this sea­son, Principe has aver­aged 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Only senior for­ward Tiara Adams aver­ages more in either cat­e­gory. Principe also leads the team in free-throw per­cent­age, shoot­ing 88.9 per­cent from the char­ity stripe this season.

Principe led the Bulldogs in scor­ing last sea­son, aver­ag­ing 11.6 points per game. She was also sec­ond on the team in rebounds with 5.2 rebounds per game a sea­son ago.

She attrib­utes two main rea­sons for her con­tin­ued improve­ment as a bas­ket­ball player. The first rea­son she said is her expe­ri­ence as she plays more games. Principe cites her team­mates as the other rea­son for her success.

“My team­mates do a great job of set­ting me up and putting me in good sit­u­a­tions to score, and I def­i­nitely couldn’t be doing what I do with­out them.”

Principe said it takes ded­i­ca­tion to con­sis­tently per­form at a high level on the court and in the classroom.

“It is very hard bal­anc­ing the two because you can never fully put your energy into just one,” said Principe. “You have to be extremely focused on what you are doing and really know your pri­or­i­ties.” n