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 Trinity's Eric Gendron, a men's basketball student-athlete who studies mechanical engineering.
Eric Gendron, Trinity College
Senior, Men's Basketball
Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack High School
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Why did you choose to attend Trinity?
I chose to attend Trinity College because it provided the competitive academic and athletic environment I was looking for. Finding an institution where I could pursue an engineering degree and play four years of varsity basketball initially limited my options quite a bit. Trinity’s ability to provide this, as well as a convenient geographic location and small class sizes, made it a perfect fit for me.
Which academic/extracurricular/community service project that you have been a part of has been the most rewarding? Why?
Every year the athletic teams at Trinity help out around the community of Hartford by cleaning up local schools, parks, etc. This year the basketball team helped in an effort to clean up a local park and not only did it help build team camaraderie, but it was also fulfilling to give back to the community.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience so far has been the bond I have developed with my roommates and my teammates. It is a bond that will last a lifetime, and in a world where nothing is guaranteed, I know I will always have them.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
I have never been to Europe so that is definitely on the top of my list. I would also love to go skydiving and, although it may never happen, I want to get a hole-in-one in a round of golf.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
I took a seminar in entrepreneurship that was extremely rewarding. I learned what it takes to turn a good idea into a successful business through hands on work with a professional entrepreneur. I love coming up with new ideas for products so this class will definitely help me in my future endeavors.
Who is your favorite professor? Why?
My favorite professor at Trinity is Professor Mertens. As my advisor and professor for many classes, he has not only shown me what it takes to be a successful student, but also a successful engineer. His ability to provide an entertaining, yet challenging learning environment made it easy to learn as much as I have.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
Over the past three summers I have been fortunate enough to have an internship at BAE Systems. My role was different each year allowing me to gain exposure to different business areas and products within the company. Throughout these internships, I have learned that hard work will pay off and interpersonal skills are just as important as technical skills. Although engineering is a technical profession, when working for a large company it is crucial to be able to work with people effectively.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
My experiences from being a student-athlete at Trinity have taught me to take pride in the work that I do. Whether it is a practice, a test, or just a homework assignment. Taking pride in my work enables me to be the best I can be in everything that I do.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell myself three things: don't stress about the little things and focus on what really matters. Don't get complacent and continue to better yourself. Lift more weights.