What is your full name?
Livia Marie Coletta
Were you named after anyone?
I was named after my great grandmother Livia on my dad's side of the family. She was an Italian immigrant and knew 4 different languages.
Does your name have special meaning?
I'm not sure if it has larger meaning than just 'life' or some version of that. My great grandmother was adored by many of her grandchildren so I think that's pretty significant.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Alburquerque, New Mexico (Burque!)
Who did you look up to growing up?
I definitely looked up to my dad and I still do. I don't think I realized it until I was older just how much I really look up to him. I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without him and all that he does for me and teaches me.
What is a favorite childhood memory of yours?
My parents went outdoor rock climbing a lot when I was a kid. We usually always went to the same place in New Mexico called The Enchanted Tower, and there was this little yucca along the main path up to the climbing areas that I would say hello to when we walked past in the morning and then again on the way down after a good day of climbing. I specifically remember my parents calling it "my yucca" and it was so fun to come back and see how much/ if it had grown. We were growing together and that was really neat. That memory always brings a smile to my face because I loved those trips and I still do now because I still love climbing and The Enchanted Tower, as far as climbing areas go, holds a special place in my heart. So, any memory associated with it is a good one and "my yucca" is the best and most consistent memory.
How long have you been competing in your sport?
I've been rowing/on Mills Crew since the end of January 2018. I've been an athlete/active all my life though. I started rock climbing when I was 3 because both my parents are climbers, so I was born into it. Climbing is my first love and rowing is right up there with it. I was on a youth climbing team in Albuquerque for about 7-8 years.
What/who got you into your sport?
I think it was a combination of my boss, Nic, my coach, Sara, and my dad who all encouraged and eventually convinced me to join the team. Sara and my father both knew well before I did that I would fall in love with rowing almost immediately.
What is your favorite thing about your sport?
It's so hard for me to pick a favorite thing about rowing, because my favorite thing of all right now is rowing. I love everything about it! Even the moments that are painful and every muscle hurts. The many moments where I'm fighting to get myself through the next stroke and the next; I still love it all. Ultimately, I don't know where I would be without the physical outlet and push of rowing and the wonderful people that I have met on the team. I feel especially privileged and honored to have Sara as my coach because not only has she taught me so much about rowing but also about life and about myself.
What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is blue (red if I'm wearing it)
What is your favorite food/drink?
My dad makes fresh pasta and it's so good. With some butter and cheese, mmm! I can eat a whole big bowl on my own, and maybe even more. I haven't tried that though...yet.
What is song do you have on repeat right now?
1950 by King Princess has been my-go-to recently for a good song, when I work out though, it's Oh Devil by Electric Guest.
Who is your favorite celebrity and why?
I'm not much into the mainstream celebrities but if I had to choose then probably Emma Watson.
What is something you want to do before you graduate?
I'd love to do a summer travel/study abroad and/or research over a summer. Something that will look good on a resume but ultimately be fun and a learning experience for me.
What is your favorite class this semester and why?
My favorite classes this last semester were probably Biology 1 and The Craft of Creative Writing.
P.S. I can go on and on about rowing if you want more about that. My quote that I've been using a lot this year so far is "If you're uncomfortable then you're trying hard and you're learning." (Usually it pertains to rowing and sometimes life in general too).