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Tammy Collins answers Proust questionnaire
Tammy Collins, athletic training for Richmond Hill High School, says her favorite thing about herself is that she is a fast-learner. - photo by Photo provided.

Tammy Collins, athletic training for Richmond Hill High School, faces this week's questions:

1. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
I helped identify a serious heart condition in an athlete I worked with. It could have killed her if we hadn’t caught it.

2. What, to you, is perfect happiness?
Going home for Christmas and being around my big, chaotic family.

3. What one material possession would you save in the event of a fire (assuming your family was safe)?
My Jimmy Choo heels. I know I should say photo albums or some meaningful gift, but it meant a lot to be able to afford a luxury when I bought them, so they’re worth more to me than just the monetary value.

4. What's the best advice you've ever been given?
“Success: it’s what you do with what you’ve got” – Woody Hayes

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would slow down a little. I’m usually trying to do ten things at once and I feel like I miss interacting with a lot of great people around me

6. What is your greatest fear?
Being unable to save one of my athletes or patients in an emergency. That’s the main motivation behind the grant I’m trying to get at

7. What real or fictional person do you most identify with?
My former advisor at Ohio State University, Dr. Laura Harris. She is an amazing resource for all of her students, past and present, and she goes above and beyond as an educator.

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
Although it’s tempting to say shoes, it’s probably travel. I just planned a trip to Yosemite and Sonoma in California and I’m already looking for new ideas.

9. If money weren't an object, how would you spend your time?
I would love to stay in my current field and focus on expanding health care services to rural areas and small teams. There are a lot of organizations that can’t afford to hire an athletic trainer or to get appropriate medical supplies, especially youth or community leagues.

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
My ability to pick up new information quickly. It’s helped me to do things I never expected to, such as teaching at the college level.

11. What trait do you most admire in another person?
Courage – but I don’t mean the courage to go skydiving or explore the great unknown. I value the quiet courage it takes to do the right thing even when no one is watching – the people that don’t want recognition.

12. What trait do you most deplore in another person?
Dishonesty – all it does is hurt others.

13. Who are your favorite musicians?
Impossible to choose! I listen to everything from Adele to George Strait to Jay-Z.

14. What are your favorite books?
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, and pretty much any book by Michael Crichton. I love the research and attention to detail he puts into each book.

15. What talent would you most like to have?
Being able to play the piano.

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