GS Student Lucy Reynales Stands Tall

GS Student Lucy Reynales Stands Tall

GS Student Lucy Reynales Stands Tall

July 1, 2006

Lucy Reynales (Photo: Sergio Oritz)

School of General Studies students are found all over campus—but not usually on varsity sports teams. At six feet tall, recent GS graduate Lucy Reynales serves as a notable exception.
Lucy spent much of her childhood in California, but her family moved to Oregon when she was ten years old. After graduating from high school, Lucy decided she wanted to return to California but did not want her parents to shoulder a financial burden for her education. She began working in retail stores in Brentwood and Beverly Hills and then befriended GS alumni couple Drs. Cynthia Boxrud and Scott Powell, a plastic and ophthalmic surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon, respectively. “They’re amazing!” Lucy said. “They treat me like family and are unconditionally supportive.”
After establishing California residency, Lucy enrolled at Santa Monica College, attending classes while also working in the front and back offices of Dr. Boxrud’s surgery practice and competing on the school’s volleyball team. She was awarded the team’s Most Inspirational Award in 2002-2003.
After graduating with an associate’s degree from SMC, Lucy traveled to New York to inquire into the Pratt Institute’s Cultural Studies program, but a visit to Columbia on the last day of her trip changed her mind. “I fell in love with Columbia,” she said. “I chose CU because of the diverse depth of the school …. I sought an education that would broaden my perspectives with knowledge and not limit them.”
Playing for the Columbia Lions varsity volleyball team made Lucy the recipient of a few “old lady” jokes (at 25, she was older than the assistant coach), but it also helped her adjust to a University environment quite different from Santa Monica College. “Playing varsity volleyball enhanced my life and my education,” she said. “It fed my competitive spirit and taught me to confront my weaknesses on the court as well as in the classroom. Along the way, I have grown to love my teammates and I will cherish the players and the experience for a lifetime.” Lucy has high hopes for next year’s team and plans to watch a few games. But her own playing days are not yet done, though now she competes on the beach volleyball courts in Central Park instead of CU’s Dodge Fitness Center. Lucy will reside in New York and eventually pursue an M.B.A.