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 Nate Choukas, a Trinity men's golfer.
Nate Choukas, Trinity College
Senior, Men's Golf
Hanover, N.H./Hanover High School
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I wanted to be able to enjoy the sport I love, taking it seriously without feeling like it was my full time job. Division III allows us to have a balanced life at school.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Without a doubt, winning this year's NESCAC Men's Golf Qualifier in dominant fashion. It was a big win for our program, but more importantly, an important step towards our ultimate goal.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
I hate to say it but I'm pretty boring and they're all golf related: 1) Play in a US Amateur 2) Break a course record 3) Play Augusta National
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My major is Child Development and Public Policy. I was lucky enough to take a class with State Senator Beth Bye, who constructed a class combining child development from both a psychological and policy standpoint. The class was challenging yet engaging, and unlike any other I've taken at Trinity.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
I interned at Boathouse Inc., an advertising agency in Waltham, Massachusetts. The internship was very hands on, and I learned a lot about the agency business as a whole, as well as how Boathouse operated as an agency.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
I'm undertaking a senior thesis this year, studying the returns to major at different colleges. By far the most interesting part of my major has been working on this project closely with my faculty supervisor.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The greatest lesson, and sometimes that hardest pill to swallow, is that athletics - like life - does not always go as you hope. Learning to stay positive and continue hard work in times of dissapointment has served me well both athletically and from a personal development standpoint.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell myself, or any incoming first year, to truly enjoy their time at school. Whether its on the course, field, or in the classroom - these days are limited and are some of the best of our lives.
What is the best gift you have ever received or gave? Why?
This past Fourth of July, I was at the beach with some close friends throwing around a football. Some younger kids, maybe 8-12 years old, came up and asked if they could join. Initially, we were all hesitant to play with a bunch of younger kids. But as we started a game of two-hand touch, we saw these kids were incredibly passionate, and were so psyched to be playing with us. We played an intense game for over an hour, and later talked to their parents, who thanked us saying we'd made their day. Even though it seemed like a small thing, it was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I've had.