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. To kick off the 2017-18 season series, the conference introduces Hamilton's Joe Tigani, a golfer who enjoys playing the piano as a stress reliever.
Joe Tigani, Hamilton College
Senior, Men's Golf
Hockessin, Del./The Tatnall School
Why did you choose to attend Hamilton?
My vision of myself in college involved getting a great education while simultaneously being part of a college golf team. Hamilton checked both of those boxes.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
My golf game wasn't good enough to play at a Division I level, so I started looking at Division III schools. I was amazed how competitive Division III sports were, and it made me more excited about being part of a Division III team.
Who is your favorite professor? Why?
Rob Hopkins in the music department. I've taken two classes with him, and he is just an awesome, charismatic person. The kind of person who you would still be friends with and have dinner with even if he wasn't your teacher.
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus has to be the chapel. I've played piano for several years, and the chapel has an awesome piano that I love to play both for enjoyment and as a stress reliever. It's a place where I can go and just be calm.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
I was an accounting intern the summer after my sophomore year, and I was an analyst when I interned in Baltimore this past summer. The biggest thing I learned from these experiences is that you gain the biggest level of satisfaction when you choose a career path based not on how much money you can make, but rather on your love of the work itself. While I enjoyed these internships to an extent, they have made me think about whether I will actually be the most satisfied in a career similar to those internships. Looking ahead, I'm open to many more career options as I continue to try to find the job where I can't wait to get up and go into work every day.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned being a student-athlete?
The greatest thing I've learned from being a student athlete (and am still learning) is how to keep a level head and not let anything outside of your control affect you, both on the golf course and in everyday life.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
If I could give myself advice as a high school first year, I would tell myself not to get so caught up in little, everyday tasks like writing a paper or cramming for an exam the following day. I believe that teenagers (and even adults sometimes) often get so caught up in day-to-day activities that before they realize it, an entire year or two has passed. If people could look at their lives as a whole, I think it would take a lot of the pressure off of daily and weekly tasks, which really turn out to not be as important as we make them out to be.