The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes. The "Friday Feature" series is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Graham Pugh of Colby, an economics major, and a captain of the men's soccer team.
Graham Pugh, Colby
Sophomore, Men's Soccer
Phoenixville, Pa./Owen J. Roberts HS
Minor: Environmental Policy
Why did you choose to attend Colby?
Maine is a beautiful state. The professor to student relationships and communication is excellent, you feel like more than just a student. The soccer team I am apart of is one of the tightest groups of people I've ever been a part of.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I wanted to be able to play the sport I love while getting the full college experience.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The competition level is very high. It is one of the best leagues in the country. Every day and game is a challenge. There isn't a massive drop in talent from the top to the bottom of the table.
What is your dream job/career?
I'd love to be an NBA agent but realistically I would also love to be a part of the fight to protect and preserve our environment.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Winning the first NESCAC title in program history last season was definitely a highlight of my college experience. The reception we received back on campus was amazing. The community as a whole had supported us throughout the season, especially during the NESCAC Tournament during which we were considered an underdog.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
Going abroad during the spring of my junior season, taking a mission trip to Africa, and winning another league title.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major?
Definitely Religious Studies with Professor Orzech. The religious theories we examined opened my eyes to the complexity of human nature and culture.
Who is your favorite professor?
Professor Orzech. He is extremely passionate about what he does and loves to share his knowledge with the next generation.
What internships/research projects have you participated in?
I worked for a consulting company this past summer. There I learned some of the ins and outs of consulting for a pharmaceutical company and the challenges faced when trying to launch a product.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The intuition required for economics is fascinating to me. I enjoy learning real-world applications and the practice we get in the classroom.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
My teammates voted me captain for my sophomore year and while being in this position I've had the opportunity to develop better problem solving and leadership skills both on the field and in the classroom.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
Stay on top of your work and keep good study habits. College is no joke.
What is the best gift you have ever received or gave?
My little brother bought me a little plastic motorcycle one year for Christmas with all the $5 he had to his name as a 4-year-old. I remember him being more excited about giving it to me than I was opening it and it was truly heartwarming.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
Miller Lawn when it is warm and green out is a great place to be. It is the center of campus so you get to interact with all your friends and professors while doing your work or hanging out.
Who has been the most influential person on you during your time in college so far?
Definitely my head coach Ewan Seabrook. I had a very tough first year with my cousin passing as a result of gun violence and my best friend at home being admitted to the hospital in a near-death experience. He was like family to me while I was hundreds of miles from home.
What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I really enjoy the Food Network channel. When I'm bored that is oftentimes one of my go-to channels to pass time.