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May 8, 2014

Real-life game of arms

Coed secures grip on collegiate competition

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Before her decision had time to sink in, Burke was already off meeting her five teammates as they were packing up a car and heading to Asbury Park, N.J., to begin filming.

While Burke has had behind-the-scenes experience in the TV business as a production intern for an MTV reality show, she says the hardest part of her experience with “Cawl to Arms” was being the center of attention.

“Me being in front of the camera and the focus was the most nerve-racking,” she said.

For the competition, Burke’s Penn State faces Rutgers, Syracuse and the University of Connecticut. Burke isn’t at liberty to say how she or her team fared. Viewers will have to tune the next three Tuesday nights to find that out.

But one thing Burke will say is that she succeeded in stepping out of her comfort zone and conquering any fears.

“I think it’s good to get out there and it’s cool that they involved girls and they made sure it was fun,” she said. “To have girls doing something that you don’t normally see girls doing was great.”

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