The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes. The "Friday Feature" series is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Nkem Iregbulem of Williams, an economics and mathematics major, and a member of the women's soccer.
Nkem Iregbulem, Williams
Senior, Women's Soccer
Torrance, Calif./Chadwick School
Majors: Economics & Mathematics
Why did you choose to attend Williams?
I chose Williams because it allowed me to pursue my passion for soccer without sacrificing the quality of my college education. The incredibly beautiful campus sealed the deal!
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because it gives me the space to pursue things outside of soccer. I have been able to get involved in groups and participate in activities that I likely would not have had the time to as a Division I or Division II student-athlete.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The best thing about being a part of the NESCAC is how strong the conference is overall — both academically and athletically. NESCAC student-athletes work hard on and off the field. Every game is competitive, and each team we play presents an exciting challenge.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I participate in the Williams Board Games Club, Williams Figure Skating Club, Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) Program, Williams Economics Student Advisory Committee (ESAC), and the Williams Women in Business (WIB) Club.
If you participate in any service activities, what are they and how did you get involved?
Since my first year, I have been a member of the Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) program on campus. WRAPS packages leftover dining hall food into individual, balanced meals and delivers them to nearby communities. My JA was a leader within the club during my first year and encouraged me to get involved.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to every country; 2. Run a marathon; 3. Experience zero gravity.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major?
My favorite class outside of my major has been Introduction to Computer Science. Unlike in most subjects, you can immediately “test” your answer by running your code. This immediate feedback can be leveraged to test your solution as you code and isolate factors that may be causing errors.
Have you studied abroad during your collegiate experience?
I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland during the spring semester of my junior year. I took classes in economics, math, and data analysis.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is Cole Field, our team’s soccer field. Whether playing soccer, admiring the purple mountains, or stargazing, I always enjoy my time on Cole Field.
What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I have a fraternal twin sister! She goes to school in Northern California.