During his college selection process, Dae Ro Lee never doubted he'd study hard in college, wherever he decided to go. And indeed, at Bates the native of Yongin, South Korea, pursued his studies aggressively, maintaining impressive grades while majoring in both mathematics and economics. He just wasn't sure how much athletics would continue to play in his life.
"I knew that playing two sports in college meant a lot of commitment and time," he said. "I was contemplating on whether to play club or recreational sports at some other universities and focus on education."
Lee realized that at Bates, he had the chance to continue pursuing athletics aggressively, just as he did his academics. After four years at Bates, Lee was a vital member of both the men's soccer and men's squash varsity teams, earning eight varsity letters. Along the way he scored a goal that ended Middlebury's 18-game unbeaten streak; meanwhile, Lee won more matches than he lost in a solid four-year career for Bates' consistently top-15 nationally ranked men's squash team.
Before earning his degree at Bates, Lee presented his senior seminar in mathematics on "Chaotic Dynamical Systems." His thesis in economics is titled "The Empirical Analysis of the Stock Market and Investment." Lee was one of 28 members of Bates' graduating class of 2011 to be inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society, which includes seniors, nominated by their coaches, who have compiled a 3.5 grade point average or received a special nomination from faculty and staff for distinguished academic achievement in their junior and senior years.