Freshman Olivia Fields, a cheerleader and student at Eastern Michigan University, has racked up more than 2.4 million views on a recent TikTok video she filmed at a men’s basketball game.
Fields, who studies business at EMU, has been cheering since he was eight years old.
“Cheerleading brings me to a serene state of mind and makes me feel very happy,” Fields said.
Following in her older sister’s footsteps, Fields decided to enroll at EMU last fall. It was the encouragement of her friends, family and former coaches that led her to try out for EMU’s cheer program. One of those family members is his mother, Dr. Doris Fields, Interim Chief Diversity Officer at EMU.
“My mom tries to come to every game even if she has to come by herself. I think she’s only missed one game in my entire cheerleading career,” Fields said.
Fields shared that what he loves most about being a part of the EMU team is the effort and desire to improve from all of his teammates.
“I haven’t been on a team like this before. It’s very motivating and encouraging to be around,” Fields said.
Between classes, cheer practice and 6 a.m. lifts, Fields always finds herself busy but never too busy to post a TikTok or two here and there.
Unexpectedly, the 19-year-old caught the eye of many on TikTok after posting a video of her tumbling.
“This wasn’t my first TikTok to hit over 1 million views, but I was shocked to see the views continue to grow,” said Fields.
Some users, concerned about the safety of tumbling with long hair, commented “Please be careful” and “Risky”, while other comments admire the strength that is needed to complete a difficult tumbling pass with long hair.
“I’ve been messing around with braids for a long time, so I know how to handle them,” Fields said. “A lot of people don’t know that you can see what you’re doing, so when I freaked out, I saw my hair straightening out again.”
Fields has hopes and dreams of opening her own accessory store and expanding her culinary skills. While in high school, Fields had a small business, “The VXO Collection,” with a catalog that included sunglasses, headbands, and bracelets.
To see more of Fields and follow her college cheer journey, you can follow her on TikTok @vdabratttt.