USA's Tom takes break from team to complete college degree
Tom first enrolled at Stanford in 1999, where she attended through 2002, but did not graduate with her class. According to Stanford, she left 50 units shy of completing her major in December 2002, her last term of college athletics eligibility.
Although she says she doesn’t exactly know what she wants to do with her degree, she’s enjoying being at Stanford.
"It's comforting even ten years later,“ she said during an interview with Standford. "That’s one thing about Standford thats very special. It opens its arms to a lot of different people and I think that’s one thing that makes Stanford the place it is; because all the individuals are so unique and its a place for them to grow."
Throughout her education, Tom was recognized as being the youngest member of the US Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, when she competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney at age 19. She was also a four-time AVCA All-America First-Team and two-time AVCA Player of the Year. She continued to play in three additional Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London to become a four-time Olympian, accruing to USA Volleyball.
Earlier this month, Tom was honored with induction into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, as one of the most prolific volleyball players in school history.
Watch the interview below: