Tiger Tales is a weekly piece highlighting a DePauw student-athlete. Athletic-intern Adam Tierney conducts the interviews.
Rachele Miller is a freshman on the women's golf team. Miller is from Bettendorf, Iowa and is a graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. She loves to read, do zumba and Bollywood classes, workout, go for runs and listen to music.
Miller is studying Economics. She is part of the flute choir, an executive (Director of Alumni Relations) on Women in Economics and Business, the current treasurer of the College of Republicans and a Management Fellow.
Q: How would your friends and family describe you?
A: I would say that I'm a very driven person. Music, athletics and academics have all been important to me, and I'm someone who would sacrifice a lot for those things. I would say I'm an overall pretty happy person and I maybe take things a bit too seriously sometimes, but I think I'm still a fun person overall.
Q: What is your most memorable athletic moment?
A: I would say when I won my first tournament in the fall. That was at Illinois Wesleyan. That was really special to me because my dad watched me play, and I won my first college tournament on his birthday so it was really special to me.
Q: Can you describe your team atmosphere?
A: I would say we have an interesting team because we have three freshmen in the starting lineup so a lot of times we don't entirely know what the courses are like or how the tournaments go. But I think that is a positive for us because we accept things as they are and whatever happens happens. We learn how to roll with the punches. I think we are more adaptable than a lot of other teams.
Q: What would you say is your role on the team?
A: I would say that I try to lead by example and set a standard that I'm somebody that when I'm out on the course, I give 110 percent every time. There is a purpose and I try to show the other girls that this is how we should all practice and whether that happens depends on the person and how they are motivated. I just try to lead by example, and just show if we work hard like I have, everyone can improve themselves while they are here.
Q: What role has your team/coach played in your life at DePauw?
A: I would say that they have played a big role. Golfing is one of the biggest reasons I came to DePauw. Our coach made it important to me because he made it feel like I have a family here. His family is my family and he looks out for me. When I have a bad day, I know he is there to talk me through it whether that is golf or academics. Whatever it is, he is there for that. He has worked on my thought process more than anything because sports are a lot more mental than you think they are, and he has helped me quite a bit with that.
Q: What led you to DePauw?
A: In high school I knew I wanted to be an Economics major. Coming in I was one of the few that actually knew what they wanted to do with their life. I hope to write for the Wall Street Journal one day. I wanted to be an Economics major, but there was the drawback because there wasn't a business school here. So, I was wondering how that would all work out, but then I found the Management Fellows Program. I loved it. I came here and talked with the golf coach, loved it. And those two things sealed the deal for me.
Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want?
A: Probably a computer with Netflix, part of my wardrobe and my golf clubs.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: My favorite quote is, "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." Coco Chanel said this, and I have always said if there is one thing that I want people to remember me by when I die, it was that I was a classy girl.
Q: What superpower would you want?
A: My ideal superpower would be to finish all my work twice as fast I can now. So, basically, to be able to process and think really fast and unlock all the potential in my brain.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete past or present?
A: My favorite athlete would probably be Stacy Lewis. She is a professional golfer who has accomplished so much due to the back problems that she has had her entire life. She never gave up on her dreams even though many people thought she might have to.
Q: What is something people may not know about you?
A: Something that people may not know about me is that I love listening to music from other countries. Currently, I love K-pop and Bollywood music.
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you buy?
A: If I won the lottery I would probably custom design my own golf course where I can play whenever I want.
Q: If you could play on one course in the world, what would it be?
A: I dream of one day playing at either Augusta National or the Old Course at St. Andrews.