Austin is a sports fanatic, history buff and avid traveler. He’s traveled to over 30 countries and is always looking to increase that number. He is excited about studying Political Science and International Relations in college and pursuing an international career. Austin is a gentle soul, sometimes called the big friendly giant as he stands 6’6” tall.
Q. You have played baseball at PCDS for all four years of high school tell us more about that?
A. Baseball has been something I have been passionate about my entire life and it has been a pleasure to play for my school. I have made some of my best friends on the baseball diamond and I have memories now that I really value. PCDS has done so much for me academically, and I feel privileged to wear the PCDS jersey and represent it. I have enjoyed the balance of sport and academics at PCDS and I hope to create a similar balance for myself in college by playing club baseball.
Q. What is your college plans?
A. I plan to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. I feel it is the perfect school for me because I see myself finding a fit and a balance between social and academic success. TCU has the big atmosphere and school spirit that I looked for in a college, while also maintaining the small class sizes and favorable student/faculty ratio that I believe have been a huge part of my academic growth at PCDS.
Q. You are a sports fanatic what is your favorite sport to watch? To play?
A. I have always been passionate about sports and I spend much of my free time watching, playing, or talking about sports. My favorite sport to play is baseball, which I have played since I was six years old. My favorite sport to watch is football, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to go to college football games next year! I hope to continue to have sports be a major part of my life because I am passionate about it and I see value in it.
Q. Tell us about all of your travels? How many countries have you been to? What has been your favorite thus far?
A. I was thrust into an international life when my parents moved out family to Malmö, Sweden when I was ten years old. This change was a major influence on me at such an age, and I am so glad I was able to experience more of the World than I would have if I had stayed in my hometown of Herndon, Virginia. I have been to 39 countries and I have no plans to stop traveling to new places and learning new things. I strongly believe that travel is an important formative experience for a young person, and it has really taught me to be open-minded and willing to question my culture, my views, and myself. I plan to study International Relations in college and I hope to work in Washington, D.C. in the future. I attribute these goals of mine to my experiences abroad. Moving to Sweden gave me my passion for all things international, and taught me skills that I consider essential. If I had to choose a favorite country, I would say Italy. Italy is fantastic because you can do all aspects of travel there. Any type of vacationer will find something for them in Italy. You can relax and leisurely stroll the cobblestone streets, you can learn about the fascinating history, you can eat the best food in the world, and you can interact with some of the friendliest people!
Austin is a senior at Phoenix Country Day School.