Middlebury

#13 Brittany Burke
Graduation Year: 2008
Position: P
Height: 5-6
Previous School: Noble & Greenough
Hometown: Medfield, Mass.
Major: English
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

Upon visiting in the fall, I was struck by the vividness and diversity of the colors that seemed to make the landscape come alive. Between the orange and red trees, the stark white and gray buildings, and the lush green grass, it was such a fluid and unique place that I was taken aback. I loved the way that the fitness center looks out on the scenery, so that you could engage with the outdoors even when the weather forced you to be inside. Most importantly, though, I am still amazed how the softball field is nestled between the mountains, so that I am ensconced in the beauty of Vermont day in and day out.

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

The people are what make Middlebury special to me. I have been so fortunate to have such incredible friends, teammates, coaches, and professors, and without them, Middlebury might not have been such a wonderful experience. It is truly special to be able to look around at practice and feel surrounded by a good amount of your favorite people on campus.

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

My best memory as a player at Middlebury College is not a specific one. On the softball team, we spend so much time inside working towards the days when we can actually play on our field, and I feel the absolute happiest when thinking of being on our field, practicing or playing games, anytime in April. There is something about being together, taking time every day to do something you love, and enjoy a place that you love every single day, that is unparalleled for me, and is certainly the feeling that I will carry with me forever when reflecting upon Middlebury.

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

I have learned so much about teamwork, determination, and leadership from softball that it’s hard to imagine who I would be if I never got the chance to play. Being a pitcher is a very personal thing, and yet it’s imperative to understand your place within the framework of the team. That contradiction is essential in many elements of life, and I think I’ll constantly reference the years of training that I have had through softball when assessing my future roles.

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