Student finds success in soccer and studies


For the second year in a row, Drew Webster '14 of Petersburg, N.Y., was named as an honorable mention selection to the NSCAA Scholar All East Region Team, underscoring his success both in the classroom and on the soccer field.

According to Webster, balancing athletics with academics isn't really that difficult. "It's the offseason that's tough. I function more productively when my free time is sparser. A lot more procrastination occurs in the off season," he said.

Primarily a defensive back, he started nine games for the Trailblazers this season and also served as a captain. In addition to being involved with intramural sports, Webster was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is on the Mascot Naming Committee, and served an internship at the North Adams Ice Rink.

"One of the most successful things I've done was to bring an MCLA presence to the rink," he said. "This gave me the chance to create a program connecting the ice rink and the intramural program. For eight straight Tuesdays, the intramural department paid for free skating for all MCLA students."

A transfer student to MCLA from Curry College in Milton, Mass., Webster is majoring in English/communications with a business administration minor and a concentration in public relations. Although he could commute to MCLA from home, he opted to live on campus for two years, and now lives in an apartment complex close by.

"Being a small campus, it's easy to get to know everyone, and I think this created a very strong bond among students," Webster explained. "I've been blessed with many great friends whom I will never be without, which I think should be the main goal of school, especially a liberal arts school. Regardless what you do, if you have wonderful people around you, you'll survive, and I experience that atmosphere here."

Not certain of what major to select when he first started college, Webster ultimately decided to major in English after he took a class in broadcasting, and realized that English is much more than just literature and writing.

"Although these are very key aspects, there was a whole section of the major that I simply wasn't aware of, a more active side of English. That thought really broke down a lot of barriers that were keeping me from declaring a major," he said.

While he's keeping himself open to a wide array of career and job opportunities, Webster said he'd like a sports-related career - perhaps marketing events - or to work in the public relations sector in a company like ESPN.

"I'm more than willing to dabble in the unknown and I'm aware that I may not even recognize my 'dream job' as being a possible occupation. I wouldn't be surprised if I stumbled upon a job that I absolutely fall in love with," Webster said.

What's the best part of being an MCLA student? Webster said it's knowing that he - like many of his classmates - weren't "simply gifted" the opportunity to go to college.

"We have all worked to get here, and we are all working to get through," he said.