Rachel Hagen is a freshman from Sterling, Va., who is majoring in nursing.
The best piece of advice I've received is you are stronger than many times you give yourself credit for.
I chose to come to JMU because I have never met anyone that doesn't absolutely love JMU.
My favorite non-cross country memory is the week I spent in Orlando my senior year with people from my school for DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Nationals.
My favorite cross country memory is when the Brentsville Relays were postponed due to rain and everyone had to go back on the bus; our team had a giant dance party on the bus.
Something about me that would surprise people is when I was born I was treated for a condition that would have made walking difficult, let alone running.
The accomplishment of which I am proudest is being one of only two people in my high school's history to make it to cross country states all four years of high school.
My favorite thing about cross country is watching myself improve; my times drop as I work hard - hard work pays off.
A person who is an inspiration to me is my high school coach, Coach Null, because no matter how fast or slow you are he works to make you the best you can possibly be.
The one thing I miss most about my hometown is my family.
The one thing I can't live without is my family and the support they give me.
If I could invent something, the absolute best thing to invent would be a pair of gloves that worked with the iPod touch so you didn't have to take a finger out of your glove to change the song.My favorite sports team is the Washington Capitals (hockey).