The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes. The NESCAC "Friday Feature" series is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Allegra Grant of Wesleyan, an Earth and Environmental science major, and a member of the women's ice hockey and lacrosse teams.
Allegra Grant, Wesleyan
Senior, Women's Ice Hockey & Women's Lacrosse
Winnetka, Ill./Phillips Exeter Academy
Major: Earth and Environmental Science
Why did you choose to attend Wesleyan?
The first time I visited Wesleyan and took the campus tour I wasn't sure if it was the place that I wanted to spend my four years. But after meeting the team and getting to know the coaches, I knew that it was the school that would help me achieve the most success on the field and in the classroom. Everybody was so passionate about what they were doing and I knew that it was the place where I could grow the most as a person and a student.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The best thing about being part of the NESCAC is the competitiveness of the entire league. I love going into every game knowing that there are no givens and that either team has a chance at winning.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience?
The greatest part of my college experience was the NCAA Elite 8 weekend last spring during the lacrosse season. It was nice to go 2-0 and make it to the Final Four, but the most memorable part was the bus ride with the team and the time that we spent together before and after the games.
What are the three top things on your bucket list?
1) Learn how to make homemade pasta; 2) Visit the Grand Canyon; 3) Go on a cheese tasting tour of Italy
What has been your favorite class outside of your major?
I took Exploring the Cosmos with one of my teammates sophomore year, and it was so interesting to learn about the universe and how it was created because it's not something that I generally think about. It was really crazy to learn about everything that is out there, and how much there is to discover. The professor was so passionate about the topic and engaged the class so well that it made the experience that much more enjoyable.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
Learning how all the Earth's systems interact has been really interesting and was what drew me to the Earth and Environmental Science major initially. I think it's so interesting to see the effects that the geology has on the atmosphere, and how that plays into long term climate adjustments, and the rate of those changes on a geological timescale throughout the Earth's four and a half billion year history.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
I think learning the value of team culture and the effects that it has on every member of the team. It has been incredible to be on two very supportive and encouraging teams, and to have the opportunity to be surrounded by some of the kindest and most compassionate people I have ever met. I can't say enough how thankful I am for each and every one of my teammates, and all of the lessons that they've taught me.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell my high school self that something only matters however much you let it. Having a bad game or getting a bad grade is just part of the process of growing as an athlete and a person. Learning how to rebound from that and do better the next time is the most important part of the process.
What is the best gift you have ever received or gave?
My dad comes to almost all of my games, and he always gives me a Kinder egg after the game.
What is your favorite place on your campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Freeman Athletic Center. I spend a fair amount of time there between lifts, hockey, lacrosse, working volleyball and field hockey games, as well as working in the equipment room, so it has definitely become somewhere that I love spending time.
Who has been the most influential person on you during your time in college so far?
I can't say enough about how much of a positive influence my coaches have had on me. They have always been people who believed in me and would go the extra mile to help me become a better person, and have been patient with me going through the ups and downs of a season. Every day they demonstrate what it means to be dedicated to what you're doing and be a positive force for the people that you're doing it with. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to play for them and learn from them every day.
--Feature Courtesy of the NESCAC--