Senior tennis captain Olivia Bouchard originally chose to come to Kalamazoo College to play tennis and for the opportunity to study abroad. However in her four years here she has developed a love for nearly all aspects of K.
Bouchard is originally from Glen Ellyn, Ill. where she attended Glenbard South High School. She played tennis in high school but that was not her only focus. She was also very interested in art and science, and K’s strength in those programs helped her decision making process when choosing a college.
On the court Bouchard generally plays either two doubles or four singles. She successfully plays right-handed and uses a two-handed backhand to hit winners against opponents. In her time at K she has helped lead the tennis team to improving records in the MIAA each season. The team finished third her freshmen year, second her sophomore season and first in the MIAA regular season last year with a perfect 8-0 record.
Bouchard recalls last season’s victory against Hope as one of her best moments at K. The match against Hope included a thrilling team comeback that she is proud to have be a part of.
Bouchard is a three-year team captain on the team, but is still successful away from the courts. She has been on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll on multiple occasions.
Bouchard has specifically enjoyed her Health Psych class in her time at K, even going so far as to say this reporter should take it before graduating. “We learn a lot about the effects of stress on the body,” says Bouchard. “Everyone has stress so everyone can connect to the class.”
Outside of class and tennis Bouchard has aspirations to attend either art school or medical school when she graduates K; she’s still undecided. Additionally she is a member of the Sisters in Science, a group of women that do regular work with elementary school female students to get them interested in science. Outside of all her adult-life success, Bouchard sometimes likes to remember her favorite things from her childhood, including the ladybug collection she had growing up.