Friday Feature with Connecticut College's Caroline Pangallo

Connecticut College's Caroline Pangallo

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 Caroline Pangallo, a women's basketball student-athlete.

Caroline Pangallo, Connecticut College Caroline Pangallo, Connecticut College
Senior, Women's Basketball
Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe High School
Majors: Economics and Sociology

Why did you choose to attend your Connecticut College?
I chose to attend Connecticut College because it gave me the opportunity to compete at a high level on the basketball court while attending an institution that emphasized the importance of being successful in the classroom. I was looking for a school in New England and I fell in love with the beautiful campus. I enjoyed the small campus size which translated to small classrooms and a close-knit community among the student-athletes, especially within the basketball program.

What is your dream job/career? Why?
My dream job is to work with a professional team or work in sports advertising.

What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I am the president of SAAC (Student-Athletic Advisory Committee) on campus, a group that is made up of student-athletes from every program and works to improve and maintain the well-being and experience of student-athletes at Connecticut College. I am also a part of the gameday crew, which helps with set up and break down for each varsity contest. Lastly, I am a member of the sports information team on campus, which is responsible for recording statistics and filming each varsity game (I work with soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse).

What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience so far has been the opportunity to continue my basketball career at such a competitive level. Being a part of the Connecticut College women’s basketball team has introduced me to some incredible people. I am extremely grateful to have been able to build friendships and relationships throughout my four years here, and I am looking forward to continuing these friendships after graduation.

What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Run a marathon after graduation
2. Attend a Buffalo Bills game
3. Meet Geno Auriemma (UConn Women’s Basketball Head Coach)

What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My first year at Connecticut College I took History of Jazz and that has been my favorite class by far. This class fulfilled my history requirement, otherwise, I would not normally have enrolled in it, but I had an amazing professor who made learning about the history of each genre and song extremely engaging. My family makes fun of me to this day because we’ll be out to dinner and hear jazz music playing and I can state the name and artist of the song and what type of jazz it is.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The greatest lesson I have learned from being a student-athlete is selflessness. I think this was the biggest difference for me when I was transitioned from high school to collegiate athletics and is occasionally still difficult to fully grasp. As NESCAC athletes, we have decided to play Division III athletics because of our love for the sport and our desire to play. I have found that quantitative goals and awards can often get in the way of the selflessness of some athletes, but I have learned from my experience that these goals are much more rewarding when achieved by a team. I think that a “team-first” attitude is difficult to teach but is incredibly vital and has changed my experience as a student-athlete for the better.

What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
There is a lot of advice that I would give to myself as a high school student, the first being to never rule anything out. There are a lot of different opportunities that present themselves and I think it is important to take advantage of them when you can. Another piece of advice that I would give is to fully indulge yourself in the people and the moments around you. Being at Connecticut College, I am very fortunate to have had such a positive experience athletically and academically and am very grateful for the time spent getting to build relationships and memories.

What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My teammates know I am crazy, but our gym is definitely one of my favorite places on campus. I also love our Arboretum, which most people don’t take advantage of enough!