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20 Questions with West Point's Meredith Walton

Posted: Thursday May 3, 2007 10:21AM; Updated: Thursday May 3, 2007 12:13PM
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Meredith gets on the floor to do push-ups, a tradition at service academies after the home team scores.
Meredith gets on the floor to do push-ups, a tradition at service academies after the home team scores.
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Name: Meredith Walton
Birth Date: October 1984
Hometown: Texas City, TX
School: West Point - The United States Military Academy
Year: Senior
Major: American Politics

1. In 10 years, I'll likely be: In ten years I could be anywhere...but there are three different places that stick out the most. I'll either be in the civilian intelligence world (e.g., CIA), a housewife in suburbia, or still making my mark as an Army intelligence officer. In any case, I definitely want a family.

2. Why I love West Point: I love West Point because of the people and the fact that I know that I am part of something that is much greater than just me.

3. Movies I can't live without: Notting Hill and almost any other chick flick.

4. Music I can't live without: Country and anything with a good beat.

5. TV shows I can't live without: Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers and Sisters

6. One misconception about cheerleaders: That we are all dumb and peppy all of the time. I think I am pretty smart, and I have my frustrated, angry moments, too.

7. My favorite sports are: Baseball, softball, football, and cheerleading, of course!

8. My favorite teams are: The Astros and the Black Knights.

9. I like to spend my weekends: Away from here or catching up on sleep!

10. Strange and unusual fact about me: I listen to movies I've seen hundreds of times to fall asleep.

11. My friends would be surprised to know that I: Learned how to type using AOL Instant Messenger.

12. If I Had More Time I Would: Call all my friends and family back home once a week.

13. Favorite Foods: Quesadillas, guacamole, tortellini with pesto, and ice cream.

14. Five People I'd Like To Have Dinner With (Living or Dead): Julie Andrews, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paris Hilton, Colin Powell, and Reese Witherspoon.

15. Favorite Activity: Shopping!

16. Next Risk I Want To Take: Despite the fact that I spent a summer learning to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, I am not a huge risk taker. However, I guess living in my own house (finally!) would be appropriate.

17. Every Woman Should Have: Self-confidence, and the knowledge that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

18. Places I Want To Visit And Why: Hawaii because I hear it is beautiful, Paris because I feel like it is one of those places everyone should visit once in their lives, and somewhere in the far East because I have never experienced those cultures.

19. Typical Day: I wake up at about 0620 (that's right -- in the morning!), have breakfast formation, and breakfast. I have three or four classes every day, lunch formation, and lunch. Classes officially end at 3:50, but I have most afternoons off. Then, I have practice every day from about 4:30 to 6:30 (everyone here has some sort of practice during this time because varsity or intramural sports are mandatory for every student). Then, I have the rest of the evening to eat dinner, study, workout, and take care of any other stuff. We have to be back in our rooms by 11:30, and lights out is at midnight.

20. Perfect Date: I'm just happy when it's not in the barracks, eating pizza, and watching a movie ... or when he pays!! But, I really just want to have fun playing putt-putt golf or something silly.

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