NWAC Spotlight: Adrianna Peralez, Walla Walla Women's Basketball
By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern
About Adrianna Peralez
Adrianna Peralez is not only a women’s basketball player at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), but also the Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President of Business, and a wildland firefighter. Peralez,“chose Walla Walla because of the outstanding recruitment visit I received. The coaches took a real interest in my goals academically and athletically. They made Walla Walla feel like a home away from home. Playing at this level has allowed me to be a part of such a diverse and talented team. We all came into a new program not knowing much about each other. Over the years, we have bonded and grown into a successful team that has great comradery on and off the court. I have met some lifelong friends by playing at this level.”
Who is your greatest influence?
“My greatest influence would have to be my little sister. We are completely opposite of each other because she is free-spirited and I'm very uptight. She reminds me to enjoy each moment, have fun, and laugh. I apply that to basketball by appreciating each moment I have with my teammates and coaches because moments fly by when you're having fun.”
Do you consider yourself a leader? If so, describe that about yourself either on or off the team.
“I do consider myself a leader because I learn from others. I have teammates who have different skill sets than I do and I feel that being a leader means constantly evaluating yourself and learning what you can from others. I am a leader because I surround myself with people who build me up and vice versa. As a leader I am always a student of the game.”
What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
“The advice I have for incoming student-athletes is cherish each moment, and buy in to whatever it is you are doing. Balancing school and sports gets to be a bit crazy at times, but if you learn to cherish your time and use it wisely, it will benefit you in the long run. Personally, I have always had a difficult time seeing the bigger picture. With that I was told to "buy in" to whatever I am doing at that very moment. When you buy in to something 110%, no matter what it is, you find success in the bigger picture.”
What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
“The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is being my own worse critic. I can be very hard on myself at times and I have had to learn to change my mentality throughout the years in order to continue to grow as an athlete and as a person.”
What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?“I have had the opportunity of working as a wildland firefighter this past summer and it has been amazing! Fighting fire gives me a similar thrill to that of playing in a basketball game and keeps me in shape as well.”
What are your plans after you graduate?
“After I graduate, I plan on attending nursing school. I have always had a passion for helping others and there are so many pathways in health sciences because it is a constantly growing field.”
Name one fun fact about yourself:
“I am obsessed with double stuffed Oreos. I love Oreos so much that I have an Oreo long sleeve and wore it to a WWCC volleyball game once my freshman year. Some of the other students didn't know my name, but recognized me as the "Oreo girl" for the first few weeks of school after that.”