#FROREALlifeStories presents: WNBA 2016 MVP – Nnemkadi Ogwumike

When I saw my timeline blowing up on Facebook with posts congratulating Nnemkadi Ogwumike for winning 2016 WNBA MVP, I was so excited!

I am a huge fan of seeing people WIN- especially women! It is an extra cherry on top when the person winning is an old high school classmate.

Where my Cy-Fair Bobcats at?! WHOOP! WHOOP! #BFND!

When I see people that I know win it is even more enjoyable for me, because it makes winning look real. That is so inspirational. It makes #winning look attainable. It makes it seem possible for us regular folks, ya know? I want everyone to realize that we are all just ordinary people. We don’t know which way to go. We’re just ordinary people (shoutout to John Legend – haha). But, it is important to remember that ordinary people can do amazing things! It is so good to be reminded that ordinary down-to-earth individuals can win too.

I was overjoyed to talk to Nnemkadi about her most recent achievement. Her most recent #WIN! She was kind enough to give me a call right after practice for a little QnA.

QnA with the MVP

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What motivates you to get up in the morning and be the best player that you can be?

– What motivates me is my teammates and going out there and having fun. Creating lasting memories and WINNING. There is so much attached to winning. It is extremely enjoyable, and I just enjoy being considered someone who makes other people better on and off the court.

What part of your journey do you think back on the most when you think of how far you’ve come ?

– I think back a lot to when I started playing at Stanford. I think that is where I learned the most as far as my career goes. I came in pretty raw. Even though I was able to play well enough to get a scholarship for Stanford, I came in still being a novice to the game. I learned a lot and I really started to see my career change while I was there. I learned to be a leader, I learned to be more confident, and more vocal. Those are all characteristics that I try to embody and carry with me now.

How competitive are you and your sister (Chiney Ogwumike) with one another?

– We are both quite competitive but we have a collaborative competitive spirit. We never go against each other, but Chiney and I really push each other to be better in ways that other people may not. We do not have sibling rivalry but we have a tough love when it comes to pushing each other. It is all about empowering!

What is something funny that people may not know about you?

– People probably already know this…but, I have a very HEALTHY relationship with Chipotle. It is a very healthy relationship.

*Hey, Chipotle…Nnemkadi loves y’all – how about a year supply of free bowls for the win? Just saying’!*

Where were you when you found out the news that you were MVP?

– It was right after practice actually. I got the call and had to go straight to the studio (ESPN). The studio is really where it was announced on ESPN Sports Center. It was really exciting.

Where are you putting the trophy?

– Right now it is sitting on my dresser in my apartment in LA, but it will definitely being going wherever my MOM wants me to put it. That is for sure!

If not basketball, what else could you see yourself doing?

– In terms of professional sports I definitely would be playing volleyball. But, as far as everything else I would be a doctor of some sort. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and psychology has always really interested me. I always liked to hear about people involved in Sports Psychology. I also express interest in being a dentist, but psychology is definitely where I find a passion. I probably would have ended up doing something with that.

 

What would you tell someone about following their dreams, what is your best advice?

– Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. In following your dreams you have to always make sure that you are doing YOUR BEST. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true. In every little detail of what you are trying to achieve you have to make sure you give your best, even when it is something you don’t necessarily want to do. Lastly, you have to stay true to yourself. If you stay true to yourself and do your best, you can’t go wrong.


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