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Beyond The Sidelines: Caitlin

Redskins.com recently caught up with rookie First Lady Caitlin, who outside of cheering is close to graduating from George Washington University's Law School.


Redskins.com: What is your career outside of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders?

Caitlin: I am a third-year law student at George Washington University Law School in DC. I also just finished up my fall legal internship that involved foreign-based white collar criminal activities. 

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Redskins.com: How do you balance your time between the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, your career and free time?**

Caitlin: I'll be honest... It's not easy. However, I chose WRC, law school and the people in my life for a reason and it's worth keeping them all in my life, so I've figured out how. 

I'm a firm believer in making sure to pinpoint one's priorities in life and allocating the appropriate time to each according to how high up each priority is on the list.

Family life, love life, friends, school, dance, career, dog, etc. all have their priority, and I try to spend the most time with the highest priority and so forth. 

Whenever I am practicing dance, studying for a test or just hanging out with my friends, I try to be present and in the moment or else it's time not fully utilized and it can feel wasted.

Want to know of something that helps with remaining in the present moment? A bit old fashioned, but I like to keep a daily planner.

Keeping a detailed schedule can be cathartic because once I write things down during the day, it doesn't feel so chaotic! Things can be put in perspective and I instantly feel more balanced. 

Disclaimer is that I certainly have missed out on some fun events, but I have to remind myself that it's all about the bigger picture and life is about balance! The best people in my life will be there for me throughout the struggles. Oh, and maintaining your own well-being should be high on the priority list to maintain the sanity! 

Redskins.com: What celebrity/public figure (past or present) would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee? Why?

Caitlin: This is a toughie because I admire so many strong women in the past and present. Many of whom make me laugh and inspire me to speak up, and others who have generally paved the way for me as a student (in dance and law). 

I would love to have an assortment present at my coffee date! However, if I had to pick just one person to go to Starbucks with, I'd have to say right now it would be Ruth Bader Ginsburg only because I've heard her speak before and she seems to graciously stand with her convictions, gives praise to her colleagues and has pressed on with her duty on the Supreme Court as she battles some serious health issues.

I would sit her down and talk about a lot of insecurities young professionals feel, how to combat them, and what she does to stay sharp on the law and issues in the country. 

Redskins.com: What's your greatest achievement? How has it shaped you?

Caitlin: Thus far, my greatest accomplishment is a tie between making the team (almost becoming a vet woohoo!) and also getting into law school (just a few months from graduating!). 

WRC gives me the opportunity to have an emotional and creative release throughout the week. Dancing on the team gives me a sense of accomplishment as I continue to try to improve my fitness and dancing ability, while also keeping my mind sharp by learning new routines. It also helps that I got to know some pretty amazing women on my team, and I get to hang out with them several days a week!

I am lucky to have the opportunity to learn so much from my teammates personally and artistically.

On the other hand, law school has also been a challenge in different ways.

I have had ups and downs in school as I have doubted my mental capabilities often and worked hard to get rid of those doubts. I've also realized that those doubts can also be used to push myself harder in school and later become a professional who strives to defend those who need it. I've strived to be the best version of myself and to try to walk away from situations knowing I worked as hard as I could.

Law school has successfully taught me how to think a certain way-- to find difficult solution, and to think critically. What's been fun has been reading hundreds of cases while learning -- and learning from -- people's problems and their stories associated with them. 

Both my experiences with law school and with WRC influence one another to provide for an interesting outlook. Moreover, I've learned a lot about what makes me tick, or what inspires me, and I couldn't do that without both. 

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