INDIANAPOLIS – Brookelyn E. is a Purdue graduate with a bachelor's degree in English Education, and she was a four-year performer with the Golduster Dance Team.
The 2014 season will be her first with the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders.
Questions and Answers with Brookelyn E.:
What is your educational background and occupation?
College: Purdue University; Degree: B.A. English Education; Occupation: Student and Student Teaching.
What is your dance experience?
Four-Year member of The Purdue Golduster Dance Team; Named captain for 2013-14 season. Performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and two bowl games in Dallas and Detroit. Taught dance classes for students of all ages for six years.
What are your significant awards/achievements?
Voted Most Outstanding Golduster 2013. Winner of the Black and Gold Legacy Scholarship awarded by the Purdue All-American Marching Band. Have made Semester Honors and Dean's List for 7 semesters.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is graduating from Purdue University. My parents were not fortunate enough to attend college, and I am the first in my immediate family to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree. I value education greatly, and the way in which Purdue was able to open up the world to me is indescribable.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
One goal on my Bucket List is to read every book on BBC's 'Top Books to Read Before you Die.' As of now, I have read 48 out of the 100.
What is your favorite thing about Indianapolis?
My favorite thing about Indy is the people that fill it! Indianapolis is one of the friendliest cities, and I always feel welcomed wherever I go. I think a Hoosier's motto is, 'A stranger is just someone you haven't met yet.'
Why did you decide to audition for the Colts Cheerleaders?
I decided to audition for the Colts Cheerleaders because of my close friends on the team. They were able to give me an inside look to what amazing opportunities a Colts Cheerleader is presented with. Their explanation of the tight-knit family atmosphere, community outreaches, and exciting performances made me want to become part of this amazing organization.
What was the most difficult part of the audition?
The most difficult part of the audition was managing everyday life as well as auditioning! During the audition process, I was also student teaching and participating in my college dance team practices and performances. Therefore, I really had to plan ahead and have all my materials ready to go so that I could travel from Lafayette to Indianapolis each day. Although it was a stressful time, it was well worth the experience.
What did you take away from the audition process?
I took away so many great things from the audition process. I made new friends that helped and supported me throughout the audition. Also, I had the opportunity to learn from veteran cheerleaders whose attitudes inspired me to be positive and energetic.
What are you looking forward to the most being a Colts Cheerleader?
I am most looking forward to inviting my parents to come watch me dance at a game. Although they watch the Colts' game each week, they have never been in Lucas Oil Stadium. I cannot wait for them to get to experience the awesome atmosphere, and also see what their hard work has helped me accomplish.
What does the Horseshoe mean to you?
For me the Horseshoe means community. The Colts' Organization is one-of-a-kind, and involves so many wonderful people in the Indianapolis community. We are all connected to one another, and getting to contribute to the well-being of this city makes me very happy.
Explain your feelings and thoughts about your first game day.
I think about this moment all the time. I imagine myself walking onto the field and being so excited that I am about to burst. I really just want to take everything in and not miss one second. I know this will be a day that I will remember the rest of my life.