What is your name?
My given name is Victor, but all my friends call me Viking. I know that's a simple nickname, and it's pretty obvious, but it says it all: I have the strength and knowledge to defeat my competitors, and I'll never shy away from the chance to forge ahead and discover my own path.
What school are you from?
You might think all Vikings hail from the Arctic Circle, but I'm actually from Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, New York. Even though sometimes in the winter you could mistake it for the Arctic Circle!
Favorite place to hang out in your campus?
I like to hang out with the students in the Campus Center. I'm always challenging them to a game of foosball or ping pong. I typically win—Vikings are naturally great at conquering obstacles, so I really can't help it-- but if I'm feeling nice, I may give my opponent a few points to make it a close game.
One fact about your school/campus that most people don't know?
It's a bigger campus than you may think, and there's more going on than meets the eye. I think we put the "community" in community college. Did you know that Hudson Valley has more than 50 active clubs and organizations on campus, plus 18 sports teams? That's not even counting pickup football games on the quad or ping pong tournaments that break out in the campus center. There's so many things to do, no one has to feel like they're missing out on the college experience.
Favorite on-campus eatery?
It depends what I'm in the mood for! I like the PRIME Pit Stop in Williams Hall. It's hard to find good barbeque where I'm from, way up north, but I love a good pulled pork sandwich.
Cool thing to do in the surrounding area?
In the summer I like to catch a baseball game at Joe Bruno Stadium to cheer on the Tri-City ValleyCats. My friend Southpaw, the ValleyCats mascot, and I go way back. We have supported each other for years.
One superpower you would want?
I would like the ability to read people's minds. As a Viking, I like to play mind games and psych out my opponents to help my team charge forward to victory! Reading people's minds would make me an even stronger competitor.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you?
Surprisingly I most identify with Bashful. Despite being the "Big Man" on campus, I have a shy side most people don't see. While I boast my proud Viking identity on campus, I am bashful in my personal life.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Anchovies. You might think they're gross, but fishing is part of the Viking tradition! They remind me of the seafaring lifestyle I left behind back home.
Which mascot would you team up with in a three-legged race?
I would team up with Southpaw from the Tri-City ValleyCats (a Houston Astros minor league baseball team that calls Hudson Valley home). This cool cat and I became fast friends about 10 years ago and we hang out together during home games at "The Joe." Between Southpaw's left dominance and my right dominance, we would balance each other out and win the race.