After transferring to Tennessee State from Colby Community College Vicmari Prospero suffered an injury that forced her to sit out a year. When she returned to the court she made an immediate impact for the Tigers as she lead the team in hitting percentage for two consecutive seasons and ranked second in the OVC. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State in May 2011.
TSUTigers sat down with Vicmari to talk about her TSU experience.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
V. Prospero: I love everything about TSU. I love the volleyball program, the people in the Athletic Department, my classmates and instructors, and friends. Everything has been great.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
V. Prospero: The thing I will miss most about TSU is playing volleyball.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable volleyball moment(s) at TSU?
V. Prospero: My most memorable moments are when I came back from my injury; I was so excited and I got to be a starter in my first game in 2009 and my last volleyball game on my Senior Day. It meant a lot to me.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-volleyball moment(s) at TSU?
V. Prospero: My most memorable non-volleyball moment was when I got saved at FCA camp.
TSUTigers: Talk about the transition of playing on the college level?
V. Prospero: The transition from playing volleyball in high school to playing at the university was great. You do a lot more travelling and the season is much longer. All in all, it is a blast. The biggest challenge is managing your time and learning how to get enough sleep along with eating healthy every day. You must believe in your abilities to succeed and that you will earn every second of playing time in college. The biggest adjustments are in the speed of the game and the increase in the level of competition.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
V. Prospero: The best advice I can give to an incoming freshman is to be organized and stay focused. As an athlete you have to know how to manage your time. You can do a lot of stuff but you need to be on top of your homework. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. Join activities on campus and get to know people. Go to class and do your homework and use your time wisely. Remember, college is about having fun, however, you also need to prioritize your time and activities.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
V. Prospero: My most challenging class here at TSU was Senior Project.
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of besides volleyball?
V. Prospero: In addition to playing volleyball, I was an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
V. Prospero: The people who have influenced me the most here at TSU are my head coach, Tuamafa, a few of my instructors, and my close friends.
TSUTigers: What's next for you?
V. Prospero: Next I plan on going to Graduate School here at Tennessee State University where I'll be pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and being an assistant with the volleyball team.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
V. Prospero: I'm grateful I came here for school and to play volleyball. It's been a pleasure being a part of TSU. This experience really helped me a lot to grow up as a person and to keep forward on what I want in life. I will keep with me for the rest of my life my education and the people I met who became my friends.