Middlebury

Jesse Davidson
Graduation Year: 2008
Previous School: Episcopal
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Major: Biochemistry
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

I had never really spent much time in the northeast before I came to visit Middlebury, so I had no idea what to expect. Seeing the campus in the foreground of the Green Mountains gave me a very comfortable feeling in a very unfamiliar place, and at that point I knew I wanted to come here. The athletic facilities were state of the art, and equally as impressive as the rest of the campus.

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

As you step on the campus it is evident that the Middlebury mentality is involved and passionate; the College provides so many opportunities for students to pursue their interests, and it’s really encouraging to be surrounded by people that are so enthusiastic to do so as well.

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

We take at least one trip to Yale a year, and the entire trip - including the competition, traveling with the team, and sleeping arrangements - is never forgettable for me. Seeing Ivy League squash on these trips is also really inspiring as well not only because we get to observe top notch squash skill, but as a new varsity program at Middlebury men’s squash is going to become much more competitive in the coming years with these kinds of teams.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life? As squash is the only individual sport I have ever played, it has really taught me to keep my cool and relax when the stakes are high; I have realized the importance of a maintaining a level head when dealing with stressful situations. I have also learned how important it is to build relationships with and trust your team.

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