Noah Lee ’26
Noah Lee ’26 is balancing football and a premed course load with finding time to spend with friends he’s made on and off the field.

When Noah Lee ’26 was applying to colleges, he was drawn to the idea of studying at a liberal arts and sciences institution with smaller, more intimate classes, in which he could build closer relationships with professors. Why Middlebury? “When I came to Middlebury for the first time, and saw how beautiful the campus was, I knew it was going to be my home for the next four years,” he says.

Noah plays wide receiver for the Middlebury Panthers football team. “I played a lot of sports growing up, but something about the camaraderie and the culture of the Middlebury football team is special. From the coaches to my teammates, everyone has been super welcoming, and it has been so much fun being able to play with them. Balancing college, football, and a social life is challenging, but the benefits are worth it.”

I cannot wait to see how my classmates and I change the world!”

Noah’s dream is to become an orthopedic surgeon. “I love working with my hands, and medicine is something I have always been interested in. I want to help people, and being able to work with athletes would be awesome because of how much I can relate to them,” he says. 

He’s studying molecular biology and biochemistry on the premed track, so most of his coursework so far has been science related. “But some of the coolest classes I have taken so far have been outside of my major,” he says. “I really enjoyed a religion class I took in my first year, The Global Christian Tradition, and I am currently taking Introduction to Archaeology, which I find to be very interesting—so interesting, in fact, that I’m even thinking of pursuing a double major in anthropology.”

Susan DeSimone, associate laboratory professor in biology, is Noah’s lab instructor and ensures he and his classmates can take advantage of electron microscopes and other specialized equipment.

Noah plans on working for Middlebury Regional Emergency Management Services as an EMT in the spring and hopes to do research next summer. And he’s excited to see how the future unfolds. “Middlebury has been such a blessing,” he says. “I cannot wait to see how my classmates and I change the world!”