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. The conference introduces Bowdoin's Sarah Kelley, a runner who spent time studying abroad.
Sarah Kelley, Bowdoin College
Senior, Cross Country and Track & Field
Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy
Why did you choose to attend Bowdoin?
I chose to attend Bowdoin because it felt like a place where I would feel welcome and safe, but also would challenge me academically, physically and personally. I was a little nervous at first about attending a college outside of the midwest, but when I came for a visit and met the quirky and amazing cross country women and men I knew it was the right fit for me.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
Outside of running I have really enjoyed getting involved in a mentoring program at Bowdoinham Elementary School and working with Bowdoin's Sustainability Office on green initiatives on campus.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Being a part of the cross country team at Bowdoin has been one of the most enriching and greatest parts of my college experience so far. I've met some of my closest friends through running and found it to be an outlet on campus where I can just enjoy myself and de-stress.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
One of my favorite classes outside of my major has been an Ancient Greek Tragedies course. We had a series of classes where we reenacted scenes from the Iliad. It was kind of nuts, but a lot of fun!
Have you studied abroad during your collegiate experience? If so, where and what did you study there?
This past spring I was lucky enough to study in both Sweden and Denmark. I took classes in forensic psychology, political behavior and public health. I really enjoyed my experience and even befriended some fellow NESCAC students - a Mule and a Bobcat! :)
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
This past summer I received the Denning Summer Fellowship from Bowdoin and had the opportunity to intern and do research at a non-profit in Chicago called Aspire. It is an organization that provides a range of services and programs to children and adults with disabilities. It was a really incredible experience and taught me a lot about the importance of creating inclusive spaces where people of all abilities feel welcome.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
One of the quotes my coach tells us at the beginning of every season is, "the world loves talent, but it pays off on character". I feel like as a student-athlete at a NESCAC institution it is sometimes easy to get caught up in times and grades. However, I've come to learn that the people I've looked up to the most during my time at Bowdoin aren't the highest performers, but rather the individuals with strong character and leadership skills.
If someone made a movie about your team, who would play your coach? Why?
I really thought hard about this question. But I don't think I can give a solid answer because if you have ever met Coach Slovenski then you know he is one of a kind.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is the Brunswick Quad! It's a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy being outside.