Sports Q&A: Fin Unnoppet

Member of the tennis team and senior at Helena High School Fin Unnoppet talks balancing sports and academics


What inspired you to start playing tennis?

I started playing tennis around the age of five. My dad was a big inspiration when I was playing as he used to play tennis in high school and college. He was even the number one on his high school team and the state.


What do you find to be the most challenging thing about tennis?

The most challenging thing about tennis is self-reliance. Tennis is a solo sport meaning it is your wins and your mistakes that can make or break your game. Even though you have a team cheering for you on the sidelines, they seem far away since you are on the court and they are behind the fence. However, because of tennis, I have learned the importance and power of self-reliance.


What is your favorite memory from your senior tennis season?

My favorite memory from my senior tennis season was the away match against Hewitt- Trussville. Even though we lost, I played amazing in singles and doubles! Plus afterwards we had a team dinner at Taco Mama. I have really enjoyed this season and I will miss it once I graduate.


What other extracurriculars are you involved in?

During the fall, I participated in the theater program at Helena High School. In total, I have been cast in three fall productions throughout my high school years. I have taken theater for all four years and have really enjoyed it. I am also apart of Helena Teen Council, which allows me to help serve my community and be a leader.


When you’re not in class or playing sports, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

During my free time, I love to draw, paint, read, listen to music, hang out with friends, go shopping, hike and be out in nature.


What is your number one tip for balancing academics, athletics and your personal life?

My number one advice for balancing academics, athletics and personal life is to write a to-do list. Personally, it helps me organize my time and my thoughts about the things I have to get done. Plus it guarantees that I will not forget anything. Sadly, it is impossible to have time for absolutely everything. You must get the most important things done.


If you could give incoming freshmen a piece of advice, what would it be?

My piece of advice is to not procrastinate. You need to work hard to achieve your dreams and goals. Trust yourself and make good choices.


What are your current college plans?

I will attend Auburn University where I plan to major in biomedical sciences and double minor in art and Asian studies.

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