A senior at Emmanuel and a member of the Saints men’s basketball team, Kyle knows that finding time for involvement outside the classroom is important because it allows for both networking opportunities and a lot of fun.
College is more than just going to class. Being involved on campus leads to new connections and opens doors to an array of opportunities, which are things Kyle has experienced firsthand.
As a member of the Saints men’s basketball team and the Black Student Union (BSU), as well as a student worker at the front desk and in the fitness center of the Jean Yawkey Center, Kyle has met many people and stayed in-the-know on campus happenings.
“It’s really cool to continually meet new faces and make new friends. I’ve met so many people with different backgrounds and have learned so much about my peers,” he said. “For me, not being a part of anything on campus doesn’t seem like a very exciting way to enjoy college.”
Having played basketball his entire life, Kyle feels a strong connection to the sport, and he’s been able to stay connected playing as a guard for Emmanuel. Though the games are exciting, sometimes the most memorable moments happen in practice. At the end of one of their practices last fall, Kyle captured his teammate, accounting major John Clay ’16, making an impressive move on the court, which ended up receiving a lot of attention.
“John was doing some trick shots as he always does. I knew he’d make at least one, so I got it on video. I sent the video to my teammate Lucas to put up on his Vine account, and we tagged SportsCenter or SCTop10,” said Kyle, who ended up getting a message from an employee at ESPN, asking him to send the video. The play made it on air in SportsCenter’s Top 10 that evening. “The next morning, he made it up the list to number five. It was such a great experience and so exciting to see.”
In addition to varsity basketball, Kyle also enjoys attending bible study sessions and contributing to group planning discussions on student events. His favorite Emmanuel event so far was the Midnight Madness celebration; an event held on college campuses nationwide to mark the start of the men’s and women’s college basketball seasons.
“Everyone was very involved, everyone was excited and everyone was having a lot of fun,” he said.
Between classes, practices and other activities, Kyle has found ways to balance his busy schedule by either doing his class work during the day to free up his nights or studying in the evening after extracurricular events and practice. For Kyle, finding time for involvement outside the classroom is important, because it allows for networking opportunities and also brings a lot of fun into his life.
“Student life without being involved is nowhere near as great of an experience as it is being involved,” Kyle said.
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