The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Bates' Anirudh Nambiar, a men's squash student-athlete from India who also plays intramural soccer.
Anirudh Nambiar, Bates College
Senior, Men's Squash
Bangalore, India/Canadian International School
Majors: Economics and Math
Why did you choose to attend Bates?
I went to a high school that was very small. Most of my classes usually never exceeded 15-20 students. So when I was choosing between colleges, I only really considered ones where I felt I would have a similar interactions with my professors. Additionally, Bates had a great squash team and the coach was very supportive of my application so I decided to attend Bates.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
I have always wanted to be an actor. For some reason, I was always attracted to the work that actors do and the fame they achieve with it.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I am a soccer fanatic so I play intramural soccer whenever I can. I also play a ton of FIFA with my friends in my free time.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The roommates I have had, both my sophomore year and my senior year, have contributed greatly to my best experiences at Bates so far. There has never been a dull moment with them and I am extremely happy with the choices I made in regards to them.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. See the Aurora Borealis. 2. Skydive at least once. 3. Watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
Introduction to Astronomy. I have always had a fascination with all things related to space so when I took the class as a freshman and learned the science behind all the incredible happenings in the universe like black holes and cosmic background radiation, I was blown away.
Who is your favorite professor? Why?
Paul Shea. He is the one professor that I have had several economics classes with during my time at Bates. He is incredibly knowledgeable and finds a way to communicate this knowledge to us in an incredibly entertaining form.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The importance of physical activity for my mental well-being. I always end up studying better after a particularly rigorous session of squash and I know this is not something I would have been exposed to if I were not a student-athlete.