The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes, and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. This week, the conference introduces Colin Mattox of the Wesleyan men's rowing team. His hobby is glassblowing and he aspires to have his own studio one day.
Colin Mattox, Wesleyan
Senior, Men's Rowing
Majors: Economics & Psychology
Why did you choose to attend your institution?
Once I was accepted it was an easy choice. Wesleyan had everything I wanted: a competitive rowing team, great academics and a student body that was friendly and inviting.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
Eventually I want to start my own company. On and off the water I have found that I enjoy setting the pace and leading by example. I have always had a love for working with my hands so ideally I would like to start a company that would allow me to continue with that passion.
Which academic/extracurricular/community service project that you have been a part of has been the most rewarding? Why?
As co-president of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee we have been able to make incredible contributions to our own student body as well as the people who live in the areas surrounding Wesleyan. The most rewarding has been the addition of a student-athlete liaison with our mental health department on campus. They have done great work, holding seminars for all the athletes, working with teams, as well as individuals.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Winning bronze my sophomore year at the New England Championship regatta with an incredibly aggressive sprint. Going into it we were the underdogs and it was an unbelievable feeling to see all of our hard work pay off on the medals dock.
What is your pre-competition ritual?
It used to be the stereotypical listening to rap pump up music and psyching myself up. However, a couple years ago I discovered that motivation during a races was never the issue. Now I actually listen to classical music before a race. It is the only time I ever listen to it but I really enjoy how calming it can be. It helps me row better and be a more relaxed competitor.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I have been glassblowing since the age of 9. It is something I continue to do to this day and plan on keeping as a hobby and maybe opening up my own studio one day!
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My first year I took a class called Bio and Chem in the Modern World. We learned the mechanisms behind so many interesting things in our world such as steroids, blood doping, the common cold, bubonic plague, HIV/AIDS, and mad cow disease.