Friday Feature with Connecticut College's Ben Manoogian

Ben Manoogian

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 Connecticut College's Ben Manoogian, a men's soccer student-athlete who volunteers with a campus charitable organization.

Ben Manoogian Ben Manoogian, Connecticut College
Junior, Men's Soccer
Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
Major: Economics

Why did you choose to attend your institution?
I choose to attend Connecticut College because it provided a nice balance of academics and athletics where I could get a solid education and still compete at a high level athletically.

What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dream job would be to play soccer professionally. Ever since I was a little kid I have dreamt of playing soccer at its highest level. It would be pretty cool to get paid to do my favorite thing.

Which academic/extracurricular/community service project that you have been a part of has been the most rewarding? Why?
Being a member of the Love Your Melon community on campus. Raising money and giving back to children who are less fortunate has been a rewarding experience.

What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience so far is definitely being a member of the men's soccer team. It has been great having a group of guys that all share similar interests and building friendships that will last even after college.

What are three top things on your bucket list?
Skydiving, driving cross country with friends, and climbing Mt. Everest.

What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
Philosophy because, although confusing, it made me consider things in a way I had not before and gave me a better perspective on life.

Who is your favorite professor? Why?
Professor Yong-Jin Park because he has a good sense of humor and is very understanding of my athletic schedule.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
That your actions can represent something more than just yourself. Moving on after college, I will (hopefully) be representing a company, and being on a team has taught me the importance of carrying myself as though I have something to lose.

What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is our arboretum. It is a big forested area with nice scenery that you can go to if you just need a break or want to relax.