Mark Kubik in action.

20 Questions With Mark Kubik

April 7, 2008

1. Use five words to describe yourself.
Focused, hardworking, easy-going, passionate, friendly

2. Describe your perfect day — who would you spend it with, what would you do, where would you be?
I probably wouldn’t be in South Bend. I would probably spend it with my family and my girlfriend Courtney. I would probably be back home in San Antonio, maybe playing some golf and just relaxing.

3. What is your pre-game routine?
I usually try to eat the same thing every morning. I usually eat a bagel with orange juice before almost every competition. I wear the same T-shirt to fence in at every competition. I am really not a very superstitious person.

4. Other than the Irish, what is your favorite sports team?
I’m really into soccer; I like Bayern Munich, but the Dallas Cowboys, too.

5. What do you miss the most about being at home?
The weather, for sure. This weather is pretty tough on me.

6. Who was the most famous person you have ever met?
Probably George Bush, Sr. I went to Barbara Bush Middle School, so he and his mother came by when it was first opened and I got to meet him.

7. If your life was to be turned into a movie, what genre would it be; what would the title be; what actor would you have star in it?
Either a drama or a comedy. I like to think that my life is kind of funny sometimes. As far as an actor, I have no idea what type of actor it might be, some type of comedian I hope.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have never been to Africa. I would definitely want to see Egypt.

9. What was the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
A while ago, I was walking out of CoMo (Coleman-Morse) at 3 in the morning and I hit a patch of ice and completely wiped out in front of two or three people. So that was up there.

10. What is the best advice you have received? Who was it from?
I have gotten so much good advice, especially from my Dad, my parents and also my Coach (Janusz Bednarski), (assistant coach) Gia (Kvaratskhelia), who is just another figure in my life. Nothing specific is really coming to mind though.

11. What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
Currently I have been listening to a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughan, blues guitar.

12. If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?
I might want to go 10 years into the future and see where I am. There is nothing I regret too much in the past.

13. Where is your favorite place at Notre Dame?
I really like The Grotto.

14. What is your major? Why did you choose this major?
I used to be a chemical engineering major and now I am pre-professional. I really want to be a doctor now so I am really just trying to get to that and I’m taking Kaplan courses right now, it has been exciting. I am definitely ready to start Med School. I would like to stay around here, or in the North somewhere. Maybe Chicago, University of Chicago, maybe Northwestern or Pittsburgh.

15. What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
Breakfast. I go right to the dining hall.

16. Do you have any siblings?
Two brothers, one of which is a freshman here. He is also on the team. (Second-team All-America foilist Steve Kubik)

17. What is your favorite class or professor so far at Notre Dame, and why?
That is really tough. I don’t know if I have a favorite class, but I had an English professor (John Duffy) my freshman year who was just incredible. He is just an awesome guy and knew so much about writing and everything in general. Maybe that was my favorite class, too. It was a lot of fun.

18. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
Right now, maybe Bruno’s Pizza, I have an obsession right now.

19. Who was your role model as a child? Why? Has your role model changed now that you are older?
I don’t know if it has really changed. It has always been my parents. My parents have been incredible figures in my life and have always been there. That is who I want to be when I get to that point in my life.

20. How has being a student and athlete at Notre Dame influenced your life?
Everyone would mention the connections that you get. It is incredible how many people, when you mention you are a student or even a student-athlete at Notre Dame, who want to sit you down and talk to you. It is incredible the networking that Notre Dame has.