Patrick Stewart, men's basketball, 1,017 career points
Well besides the appeal of coming south for the warm weather, the most important factor was the community feel that I noticed at Colby when I visited campus. My family is something that is incredibly important to me, so it was fantastic to find a place so close to home where I felt that same sense of family and community.
I have been doing my student teaching at Waterville Junior High School, teaching eighth grade math with teaching mentor Ed Worcester. I have been teaching full-time with one Algebra class and four Pre-Algebra classes every day. Mr. Worcester has been a terrific mentor in the classroom and has allowed me to make great strides as a teacher. Recently, I was able to teach a unit that I designed in my teaching methods course in the fall. This was an incredible experience for me, as I felt ownership of the material and was able to apply what I learned in the classroom at Colby to my classroom in Waterville. This Friday is my last day of student teaching, which is a bittersweet feeling. I am excited to start the job search, but will sincerely miss all of my students.
During my junior year, I missed the entire season due to two herniated discs in my back. While it was incredibly difficult to not be with my teammates on the court during the season, my junior year was incredibly important for me in other ways. Being injured allowed me to focus my mental capacity on the project and commit to the research. The combination of the injury and the time I spent with the research project allowed me to realize that I want to be involved in education in the future as a teacher and coach. While it was a physically difficult time for me, I am thankful for the experience, as I certainly would not be where I am today without it.
5. You came to Colby with six other seniors, but you are the only left since you are using your full four years of athletic eligibility after missing the junior season. The team now has a group of eight first-year players. Is it strange not being with your old group?