Claudia Nicole Cagnina
Clubs: FF Lugano, UPC Tavagnacco, Keflavik FC, Zaragoza CFF, HPS Naiset
College: St. John’s University
Major: Criminal Justice
Accolades: Big East second team
Copa America WCQ 2018 with Peru’s national team
Playing in Champions League with FF Lugano
Playing internationally in Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Spain, and most recently Finland
What made you choose the college you did and the major you studied?
St. John’s was close to my family so that was one of the reasons I chose to attend. St. John’s also plays in a competitive conference for D1 Women’s Soccer so that was also one of the main reasons I chose to attend, and the team was great. I chose to study Criminal justice because my father is retired NYPD and it interested me, and St. John’s also being so close to the city, it provides endless opportunities.
The pros and cons of being a student athlete?
There are so many pros about being a student athlete. Being able to compete and play the sport you love while also getting your degree, is quite an amazing opportunity. You also make friends from all over the world that you will have for a lifetime and ultimately being in a team environment was essential for me during college. The only con I would say for being a student athlete is handling the workload with classes as well but the university does an amazing job helping you balance your sport and classes.
Advice you’d give your past selfI
wouldn’t change a thing.
Best Highlight/Proudest Achievement
I guess my proudest achievement would be making the Big East second team my senior year.
How being a student athlete has impacted your life today?
It has helped me live a balanced lifestyle.
Advice you would give to anyone thinking of becoming a student athlete
I would say if you ever have an opportunity to play your sport and get a degree, you should definitely take it!