In high school, Stephanie's mom had to beg her to try our for the cheer squad, but as soon as Stephanie gave in, she was hooked.
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Name: Stephanie Ferrera
School: University of Miami
Birth Date: April 10, 1989
Hometown: Mount Olive, N.J.
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I love the University of Miami, but I almost went to:
Rutgers. I was a little nervous to go far away from home, but I could not be happier with my decision to go to UM. I love Miami. Go Canes!
My favorite class is:
Any of my psychology classes. I took an introductory class my first semester and loved it, so I decided to add it as my minor.
Movies I can't live without:
Remember the Titans and any romantic comedy.
Music I can't live without:
Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and pretty much anything else country.
TV shows I can't live without:
Grey's Anatomy, Two and a Half Men and So You Think You Can Dance.
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a game is:
Besides occasionally messing up motions, I don't think I've done anything too embarrassing, although I have come close. At one of our football games, right after our team scored a touchdown, I was so excited and caught-up in the moment that when I started to yell "Go Miami!" I almost said the name of my high school football team (which also starts with the letter M). Luckily, I somehow caught myself, but I think it ended up sounding something like "Go Mmmmmm...iami!" I don't think anyone heard me though, so I guess I'm lucky!
My favorite sports are:
College baseball and college football -- obviously at Miami -- but I also really like to watch swimming. My sister is a competitive swimmer and I love going to her meets when I can. I think it's so exciting to watch, especially when only a couple hundredths of a second separate who comes in first from who comes in last.
My favorite professional sports teams are:
The New York Giants and the New York Yankees. My aunt used to take me to see both of those teams when I was younger and we used to have so much fun.
My one guilty pleasure is:
Definitely Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and just peanut butter in general.
My best physical feature:
I like my eyes.
A strange and unusual fact about me:
I was born on the day that is exactly halfway between my mom's and dad's birthdays (17 days after my dad's and 17 days before my mom's). I often am told that I resemble both of my parents in my personality and my appearance, so I like to say that's the reason why I got good qualities from both of them!
My friends would be surprised to know that I:
Never wanted to be a cheerleader. When I was starting high school, my mom begged me to try out for the team, and after lots of arguing, I agreed but told her that even if I made it I was going to quit. My best friend convinced me to do it with her, and needless to say, I loved it.
I love pizza, rice pudding and anything Italian -- especially my mom's manicotti.
Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead):
Katherine Heigl, Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride.
Three people who annoy me:
Hillary Clinton, FSU fans (of course!) and people who think that UM is "just a party school."
Next risk I want to take:
Getting a real job and surviving life after college. I really don't know exactly what I want to do yet, so I guess it's a good thing that I still have time to decide.
If my life had a theme song, it would be:
The one that comes to mind is Love Me If You Can by Toby Keith. I used to try to please everyone, but I've learned that's pretty much impossible and that I have to make decisions that I will be satisfied with. Of course, not everyone is going to agree with all of my decisions, but that's why I love that this song says "Hate me if you want to, love me if you can."
The reality show I'd do best on is:
So You Think You Can Dance. I don't think I would be as good as some of the amazing dancers that make it on the show, but I've been a dancer since I was three years old and absolutely love performing on stage.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I'd buy is:
I would first use it to pay for my sister, my brother and I to go to college. Then I'd probably take my whole family on a trip to somewhere in Europe, or something fun like that.
The worst date I've ever been on was:
Nothing too terrible comes to mind, but I just don't like when it's awkward and uncomfortable. I tend to be really shy around people I don't know too well, so I usually rely on the guy to find something interesting that we can both talk about. For the most part though, I guess I've been pretty lucky with this.