Middlebury

#9 Alex Elias
Graduation Year: 2008
Position: M
Height: 5-8
Weight: 170
Previous School: Burr & Burton
Hometown: Manchester Center, Vt.
Major: Economics
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

I remember driving in on a Saturday fall morning and seeing waves of people coming to the different sporting events and thinking that I would love to be a part of that. With all of the athletic fields flowing into one another as well as the fitness center and golf course being right there, no other small school facilities can really compare.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

Many institutions have the great facilities and the top-rated academics and athletics, but the aspect of Middlebury that really sets it apart for me is the quality of people. The people that I have chosen to develop meaningful relationships with, from friends and teammates to teachers and coaches, have really defined my experience here at Middlebury. While a relatively small campus and student body could make a school feel a bit claustrophobic, the quality of people here that you are constantly surrounded by keeps every experience fresh and really makes Middlebury a special place that never gets old.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

My best memory as a Middlebury soccer player would have to be our comeback win against Williams last year. We were going through a rough patch in our season and it seemed as though we were on our way to another loss at 2-0 down to the best team in the league, but we fought back and scored twice in regulation before finishing them off in extra time. It was a win that got our confidence up and really changed our season. It was also a win that took a lot of fight, a trait that I like to think characterizes our team.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

Playing for Middlebury has made me realize how much a team has to come together and work for each other if the team or anyone within it is to be successful. It can be tempting to be a selfish player or person, both on the field and in other areas of life, but being a part of the Middlebury soccer program for the last three years has made me appreciate how necessary and gratifying it is to work for something outside of myself. Learning how to extend myself for those around me will be an important part of any future experience.

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