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. Today, the conference introduces Madison Ford of Connecticut College Women's Swimming & Diving team who is majoring in computer science and art.
Madison Ford, Connecticut College
Junior, Women's Swimming & Diving
Acton, Mass./Acton Boxborough Regional High School
Majors: Computer Science & Art
Why did you choose to attend Connecticut College?
I chose Connecticut College because it gave me the opportunity to compete at a high level in swimming, while also obtaining a great liberal arts education. As a scholar in the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, a certificate center in part of the “Connections” program here, I am able to explore the intersection between my two very different majors. The center provides many unique opportunities, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it!
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because it allows me to compete competitively, yet still have time to pursue many other interests.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The best thing about being a part of the NESCAC is being involved in such a strong, diverse, and talented community.
What is your dream job/career?
I would love to go into the video game design industry because it is a perfect combination of my interests!
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience so far is being able to study and research what I am interested in, and being able to meet new people that share these interests.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Australia and Japan; 2. Get a tattoo in South Korea; 3. Learn to surf
What has been your favorite class outside of your major?
Philosophy has been one of my favorite classes outside of my major because it opened my eyes to thinking about topics from many different perspectives.
Who is your favorite professor?
My favorite professor is Professor Marks from the Art Department. She inspires me to push myself to the limits and step out of my comfort zone with my artwork.
Have you studied abroad during your collegiate experience?
I haven't studied abroad, but over the summer I was accepted into a week-long drawing intensive workshop in Italy. There, I participated in drawing marathons and got to be fully immersed in Italian culture!
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The most interesting part of being a Computer Science and Art double major is that I am able to create things, instead of spewing information out for a test. I love being able to take the information I've learned during a class and create a product, something that I can hold with two hands (like a painting) or use for its function (like a mobile app).
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell myself to not be afraid of pushing myself to the limits and to fully commit.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus would have to be the bottom of the diving well in the pool. It's so quiet and instantly relaxes me -- it's a great place to clear your head after a long week.
What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I love reptiles and hope to own some ball pythons when I graduate!