Meet the Spartans: Taira Neal
Get to know redshirt senior captain Taira Neal.
Jan. 4, 2013
The Michigan State gymnastics team will feature the student-athletes this season in attempt for fans to "Meet the Spartans". This week captain Taira Neal (Normal, Ill.) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions about her experience so far at MSU and her favorite things.
Name: Taira Neal
Year in School: Senior
Hometown: Normal, IL
Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Sociology
Best thing about being at MSU: The big and lively campus and being a part of SpartanNation
Favorite class: Soc 316
Favorite movie: Love and Basketball
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite restaurant: Flattop
Special talent: I can play the piano
Siblings: older sister Nicole and younger brother Ira
What do you want to be when you grow up: Lawyer or juvenile justice probation officer/social worker
Most exotic place you have traveled to: Costa Rica
Dream vacation spot: Spain or any island
Favorite musician or band: Chris Brown
Song that gets you pumped up before a meet: Nelly-heart of a champion and Eminem-till I collapse
Reason you picked MSU: I loved the campus and felt like home when I was here.
Favorite celebrity: Chris Brown
Favorite thing to do besides do gymnastics: Go shopping/watch movies
Favorite store to shop: H&M and urban outfitters
If you were not doing gymnastics, what other sport would you be involved with: Basketball or track
Favorite spot on campus: My apartment
Favorite competition at MSU: Anytime we go against Illinois
Pre-game ritual: Wake up around 10 make a light breakfast, do homework or clean to keep myself busy until about 1 o'clock. Pack my backpack for the meet and start doing my hair and make-up. At 3 leave I for the meet then I get taped and treatment while I listen to music.