Feature: USC Aiken athlete found herself in cheerleading
At USCA, student athletes are committed to performing in the classroom and in a sport. This is no easy task, but Emily Ginas has worked tirelessly to accomplish this feat and is excited about the future.
Originally from Patchogue Long Island, New York, Ginas moved approximately 13 hours from home to be a Pacer. Ginas said, “At first it was difficult to be away, but now I like it. I like being on my own. It has helped me grow and mature into the young woman I am now.”
For most, moving away from home is difficult, but when pursuing something you love, it becomes easier.
Ginas’ passion for cheerleading began with gymnastics, which she did for 13 years before an injury sidelined her. After that, she began to seriously pursue a career in cheerleading in 10th grade. Ginas’ transition from gymnastics was tough. She said, “Having to rely and full on trust someone to catch you from 10 feet in the air cool and makes you bond faster with them.” That team feel has taught her a lot about life.
Ginas said, “Cheering at USCA has taught me a lot not only about myself but about responsibility and leadership.” The two-year captain went on to say, “I learned how to be comfortable with myself from cheerleading but also how to be more outgoing and more of a leader to those around me.” Throughout this journey, Ginas has made several memories she’ll never forget.
Ginas said one of her most memorable experiences was her freshman year competition team. She described it as the “dream team” because of their routine and the strong bond they shared. She remembers it as “a great year because we came 2nd in the Peach Belt Conference and 3rd at Canam Nationals,” which is not easily done.
As Ginas prepares for the real world, she’ll always be thankful for the people who guided her throughout her time at USCA. She said her library supervisors, Robert Amerson and Dorothy Grieve, have “always been there to support and guide me in the right direction by listening and helping. I could not have done it without them.” Also, Ginas said she’ll always be thankful to her family and friends.
Ginas, a history major, is fascinated by learning new things and plans to pursue a master’s in International Security and Terrorism. She’d also like to pursue career in the United Nations or FBI. She also would like to travel to Australia and Zimbabwe.