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Lacrosse Player Finds a Balance

Growing up, Katie Miller moved a lot because her parents were in the Air Force. When Miller’s family came to Maryland, her mother encouraged her to try a new sport, one very popular in the state: lacrosse. Miller began playing lacrosse in fifth grade and fell in love with it.

By the time she was in high school, Miller had decided she wanted to continue playing lacrosse in college but also knew she wanted to pursue architecture.

“With architecture being such a time-consuming and difficult major, it made it hard to look at any of the bigger Division I schools,” she explains. “Catholic University really provided the opportunity to pursue the degree that I wanted and to be able to play lacrosse at a high level.”

In her time at CUA, Miller has been part of a program that has won a Landmark Conference championship every year she’s been at the school. Last season she scored 36 goals, had 13 assists, and was named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll.

Miller took her junior year off from playing lacrosse to study architecture in Rome, where she studied architectural history and theory.

“We were able to go out into the city, and professors would tell us, ‘This is what you’ve been learning about all these years. This is why it’s so important.’ It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” she says.

Although she graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Miller still has a season of eligibility left to play lacrosse because she missed a year while in Rome. This spring she’ll balance a difficult lacrosse schedule while pursuing her master’s in architecture.

On top of that, Miller is part of a team led by students at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning that was one of 20 worldwide chosen to compete in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. This spring, the students will begin constructing the house they designed. It will be installed for the competition next fall in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

“I’m the health and safety officer for the project so I’m in charge of job site safety,” she explains. “I’m responsible for making sure everyone is trained properly and knows how to use all the tools properly.”

Miller will have used up her athletic eligibility after the spring lacrosse season. She plans to stay at CUA to finish her master’s and then obtain her architecture license and pursue a career in residential design or real estate development.

But she doesn’t plan to walk away from lacrosse.

“I’d love to be able to continue with lacrosse and coach in some way, shape, or form since it has been such a large part of my life. I’d like to continue on. Keeping busy is the only way to go,” she says.


  

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Katie Miller

Hometown: Walkersville, Md.

Degree/Course of Study: B.S.Arch 2012, currently a master’s student in the School of Architecture and Planning

Favorite Athlete: Michael Phelps

Favorite Building in D.C.: the Newseum

Best memory from CUA: Late night Chinese food at Flather Hall

Favorite Class at CUA: Digital Photography