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 2018, the conference introduces Hamilton's Evan Buitenhuis. Evan is an environmental studies major who has integrated fishing into his own research.
Evan Buitenhuis, Hamilton College
Senior, Men's Ice Hockey
Burlington, Ontario/Nelson High School
Major: Environmental Studies
Why did you choose to attend Hamilton?
I chose Hamilton because I knew it was a great school and when I visited I felt at home. The open curriculum was also a big part because it gave me the opportunity to take classes I would otherwise never get to try.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dream job would be a professional hockey player, because they're lucky enough to play the game they love and make a career out of it.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Making it to the NCAA Tournament was definitely the most exciting part of my college experience so far.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
I've really enjoyed taking art classes, and sculpture was my favorite. I really enjoyed the hands-on aspect of it, and it was worth all the time I put into it.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
I had a great internship at Trout Unlimited Canada this past summer. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about the environment and picked up a lot of skills I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
For environmental studies you get to come up with your own research question, and then develop a study to examine it. My study has allowed me to be outside fishing three times a week which has been fun as well as produced some interesting results.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
I've learned that you really get out what you put in. Good grades and playing time aren't just handed out for free, you have to put in the effort to prepare if you hope to get the results you're looking for.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I'd tell myself that doing a little more homework wouldn't hurt me, and it would help develop some better study habits that would help down the road.
What is the best gift you have ever received or gave? Why?
For secret santa my first year year I was given a Nerf bow and arrow set. We had a lot of fun with that bow, and it helped alleviate some of the boredom from being on campus all winter break.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is definitely the Sage (hockey rink). I have so many great memories of just being on the ice there, and also from some incredible games we've played there.