Written by Cole Lawrence, Carleton Sports Information
One of the most intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom, the Raven, often flies in a flock known as a conspiracy. Carleton University’s conspiracy is 30,000 Ravens strong with 150k+ old crows. This offseason we’ll get to know them a little bit better in a series of interviews. This is What’s the Conspiracy?
One of the toughest things an elite basketball player can do is hang up the sneakers and take on the “real world” without their daily escape on the hardwood. Meet Steph Carr, 2018 Carleton grad and an instrumental member of the #Herstoric women’s basketball national championship team. Steph has found out over the past year that life post-sports has its ups and downs. Let’s get to know her a little bit better…
(Q1) What’s one piece of advice you would give to Steph Carr the day after graduating from Carleton (one year ago)?
Make the most of this last summer of freedom before the real world hits! I think I did a pretty good job of that, but it still has to be said. Working sucks. On a practical note: do NOT ever try to eat French toast with maple syrup while driving.
(Q2) What would be the equivalent of winning a national championship in your post-athlete life?
Haven’t found out yet… It’s hard to compare since that was a very long-term goal (5+ years). As far as athletic goals, I recently did my first half marathon, so we’ll see how far that goes. Otherwise, I’m fairly confident that starting a family (eventually one day in the future far far away) will be pretty rewarding.
(Q3) What has been the hardest part about adjusting to life without elite sports competition? What have you done to overcome that?
What is free time??!!!! I still don’t really know what to do with myself. I did join as many rec leagues and sign up for as many tournaments as I could, in every sport possible.
(Q4) What has been the best part about life without elite sports competition?
Being able to explore other parts of myself. During school I grew exponentially, but only in one direction. I was a good basketball player and a good student. Now I’m working on different parts of myself that got a little left behind. Also, I’m loving having the ability to travel! If only I had a few more vacation days from work.
(Q5) Tell the people of Carleton University something they don’t know about Steph Carr.
The people may already know this if they follow me on any social media platform, but my parents are my best friends. Moving back home was never an issue, the issue is getting myself to leave the house and hang out with people other than my Mom and Dad.