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Student Spotlight: Shoshana Moed

Student Spotlight: Shoshana Moed

Major: The Intersection of Math & Creative Arts

Sport: Soccer/Cross Country

Year: Senior

What is your full name?

Shoshana Maxine Eisenman Moed

Does your name have a special meaning?/Were you named after someone?

Shoshana means rose and lily in Hebrew and my grandma on one side was named Lily and my great grandma on the other side was named Rose and my other great grandma was named Blima which means flower in Yiddish. Maxine was a dear family friend who passed away and Eisenman, which means iron worker, is one of my moms' last name and Moed is the other's. There's a cool story about how that last name came to be like 17 or 18 generations ago. Ask me about it sometime.

Where did you grow up?

Beautiful, foggy, kooky Pacifica

Who did you look up to growing up?

A family friend, Therese, who was basically another mom to me. We had a really special relationship and my life would be so different if she had been alive the past ten years but I'm super grateful she was ever in my life in the first place. She was the most incredible, wise, magical human anyone who knew her will ever meet in their entire lives.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

Having terrible stage fright but shocking every adult who heard me sing with such a jazzy voice coming from a small child xD

How long have you been competing in your sport?

This was my first time ever running cross country. I have played soccer for 15 years, 2 of which were at Mills.

What/who got you into your sport?

No idea how I originally started playing soccer (I was 5 or 6) but I loved it and it became my life since then. I joined cross country because I've had 6 concussions and can't play contact sports now, then I joined swim but it triggered my concussive symptoms for some reason (and was way too cold), so I thought I'd try cross country. 

What is your favorite thing about your sport?

For cross country it was definitely the team. I also loved the feeling of finishing a race because I'm absolutely miserable and in pain the whole time I'm racing but then you finish and that's my favorite part because you stop the running part.

For soccer, there are an infinite number of things you should be thinking about/focused on/aware of at any given second in the game. It's spacial logic, extremely quick problem solving, intuition, reading every fleeting moment and figuring out where you need to be in relation to all other 21 people on the filed and the ball and the movement of it all. You need to be 5 steps ahead every moment and take into account any possible situation that comes next and respond to it immediately knowing you will likely need to change your plans again anyway. It's a game of constant adaption. It's a dance of the body and the brain. I love that you literally need every single person on the field to get anything done, everyone is responsible for everything that happens in a game. You can't succeed without your team. It's a way of thinking, living, and being in your body that only comes from soccer. Every sport is its own language and there is no other sport that is the language of soccer. It's my language that I can only speak by being on the field playing and I miss it so much.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite food/drink?

All the fruits all the time forever

What is song do you have on repeat right now?

There's like 10 but you can most likely hear me singing the Lake Street Dive cover of I Want You Back by the Jackson 5 any given day.

What is something you want to do before you graduate?

Get good grades and frickin enjoy living -> keep myself alive and finish a degree at some point.

What is your favorite class this semester and why?

Definitely the knowledge I've gained from my astrophysics class because geez the science of the universe is just the coolest thing ever, the doing part of my ballet class (I know, Shoshi doing ballet, what?!) because we're active all of class and it's learning a new language with the body and brain which I've missed, and the homework/assignments for my poetry workshop because I get to create and write for homework! Which I don't do very often on my own but really helps me process things in life, plus I get to share my work and see people's responses to it every week.

Special bonus (free of charge):

Shoshi tutors college writing (I guess we're in 3rd person now) and works magic on itty bitty infants as young as 10 days old; some of her friends call her the baby whisperer. But the job she holds most important above all else, is always being available as a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental space for all people in her life who need love, mental health or general life support, or simply a space to be human as that is rare these days.