Student Q & A: Koa Flagg
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Student Q & A: Koa Flagg
Major: Earth Science
Hometown: Reno, NV
SNC lacrosse player Koa Flagg talks about studying earth science, playing on the Eagles’ team, and hanging out at his mother’s home in Hawaii.
What you are most passionate about?
I’m passionate about my family because they have always been there for me in all parts of my life, from high school academics to social stuff and athletics. During the summer, my family and I go back to my mom’s home in Hawaii.
When you are in Hawaii, how do you spend your time?
We spend most of our time hiking, fishing, going to the beach, and body boarding. We have big family dinners. My favorite thing to eat is loco moco. It’s basically rice, burger, egg, and gravy all mashed around. It is absolutely amazing.
What brought you to SNC?
Mainly academics. I came here because of the earth science major, which should help me to become a firefighter. I found out about the lacrosse team through my high school lacrosse coach Al Garner. He told me that SNC has a really good program, that the team has been nationally ranked and has attended the national tournament the last two years in a row. I wanted to be a part of a program like that.
What do you think of SNC so far?
I really love it. All my classmates are awesome. Everyone is really friendly and helps you out. I also like my professors. They have fun with what they do. They just go with the flow and express themselves, and they take time to understand all of the students.
Do you feel like you have made the right choice of college?
I did make the right choice because I feel like I would have gotten lost in the fray at a bigger school. My classes at SNC have 12 to 15 students. I would be totally lost if there were more like 20 or 30 people in a class.
What other activities do you enjoy?
I really enjoy snowboarding, bodyboarding, and hunting. I’m looking forward to snowboarding Mount Rose, Squaw Valley, and Northstar. I like hunting because I like to get out of town and to disconnect. It’s less about actually hunting and more about getting away for a while.
Are you interested in any spectator sports?
I love watching football, basketball, and lacrosse. My favorite football teams are the Cardinals and Ohio State. In basketball, I really like watching the Warriors. Steph Curry is awesome. I like watching the New York Lizards because I like to watch Rob Pannell. He jukes out every defender on him.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge this year?
Just keeping up on my studies and staying focused on my work. In terms of lacrosse, it’s a change for me to play at the college game speed compared to high school. I’ve been working with a lot of the older guys like Danny Dubyak on my shooting. I really appreciate all the help from my new teammates.
What do you want to do with your earth science degree?
I want to use my degree to help me become a firefighter back home in Hawaii. I want to be a firefighter because I want to have a job where I’m active and get to be physical every day. My uncles are all firefighters in Hawaii, and I really look up to them.