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Posted: Thursday October 23, 2008 1:40PM; Updated: Thursday October 23, 2008 1:40PM

Cheerleader of the Week

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Meet Stephanie, a proud Miami student and Hurricanes cheerleader

Stephanie's loyal to her 'Canes, but roots for New York's pro teams

She loves peanut butter, dancing and watching her sister swim

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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.
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
University of Miami
Birth Date: April 10, 1989
Hometown: Mount Olive, N.J.
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Pharmacy

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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.

Favorite foods:
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.

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