Athlete Name: Angelica Rock
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Education: University of California, San Diego
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m going into my second year at the University of California, San Diego, and am majoring in Human Biology. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, and have been participating in CF events for my whole life. To stay active, I love to run every day and ski, surf, and travel when I can.
“I exercise to maintain my high lung function and to relieve stress from school."
Tell us what motivates you the most.
My friends have motivated me the most to stay healthy. I met my best friends from high school on the cross country and track team, and they know that running is the most important part of my daily routine to keep my lung function high. They hold me accountable when I am at home in North Carolina, and make sure I am running enough to keep my lungs healthy.
Why do you exercise? Has your exercise changed due to quarantine?
I exercise to maintain my high lung function and to relieve stress from school. I haven’t been hospitalized since I was 6 years old, and I want to make sure I stay healthy enough to stay out of the hospital. Since quarantine, it’s definitely been challenging to run as much as I was in college with no beautiful coast to run along or gyms open, but I’ve been making sure to exercise as much as I can.
How do you stay motivated during quarantine?
I’ve been making sure I plan my day the night before in order to have a routine. Every day, I make sure to leave time for work, running, and free time to relax. I have also been spending more time outside and taking more hiking trips with my family.
What are your goals for the future?
I hope to graduate college on time and complete my degree in Human Biology. After college, I want to go to medical school and become a pediatric oncologist. For running, I hope to run more often in college, especially since much of it will be virtual. And for Cystic Fibrosis, I want to maintain my high lung function and see more medical advancements and treatment options.
Who is your role model?
My parents have always been my biggest role models and supporters. They’ve always encouraged me to be generous and selfless, and to never give up because nothing comes easy, especially with having CF. They’ve made me learn that CF is not a disadvantage, but rather has given me many opportunities to mature and make a difference in other people’s lives. If I had to choose a celebrity role model, I would pick my favorite actress, Sandra Bullock. I admire her charisma and her desire to give back to causes that matter. I hope that one day I will be able to donate more of my time and money to causes that matter to me.