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 Wesleyan's Kylie Han, a women's swimmer.
Kylie Han, Wesleyan University
Junior, Women's Swimming & Diving
Piedmont, Calif./Bentley High School
Major: Science in Society
Why did you choose to attend Wesleyan?
I fell in love with Wesleyan during my first trip to campus. I came to Wesleyan for my recruiting trip where I stayed with one of my future teammates. I didn’t know much about Wesleyan initially being from the West Coast, but when I arrived on campus I felt an immediate connection to the community. Not only did the swim team make me feel comfortable, but people I didn’t know would introduce themselves to me and share how much they enjoyed Wesleyan. I didn’t know what field of study I was interested in, so Wesleyan, with its liberal arts emphasis, was the perfect place to explore different fields and I had the opportunity to join the swim team which was icing on the cake. My initial impression has held true - Wesleyan has been a great fit for me and the community has been incredibly supportive.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
Swimming has played a major role in my life as I have been swimming competitively since I was 8 years old. Throughout my adolescence, I made some of my best friends on the swim teams I joined, so I knew in choosing a college I wanted to find a swimming community. Division III athletics provides a great balance of being both a student and an athlete. I wanted a college experience that was well rounded and provided me a competitive outlet yet, more importantly, an excellent education. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to swim at Wesleyan and as a first year, I was challenged academically and was immediately welcomed to the swim team where I have formed life long relationships.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I played club water polo and participated in the student-choreographed dance show called TERP during my first two years at Wesleyan. Since coming back from a study abroad semester in Madrid, I began volunteering in Spanish classes at Middletown High School. This has been a really great experience so far as I am able to utilize my Spanish speaking skills to help high school students and get involved with the greater community outside of Wesleyan.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My favorite class outside my major, Science in Society, has been West African Dance. I am not a great dancer and have a bit stage fright so this class really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It was intimidating at first but learning the dances and the culture was so fun and interesting and performing our dances at the end of the concert felt very rewarding.
Have you studied abroad during your collegiate experience? If so, where and what did you study there?
I studied in Madrid, Spain this past semester. I chose Spain as I wanted to study Spanish and become as fluent as possible. I took language and humanities classes in Spanish, which was challenging but an incredible experience. I met amazing people, stayed with a host family who were very supportive and really worked on improving my Spanish language ability.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
My major, Science in Society, is an interdisciplinary program that combines a concentration in a social science and a hard science with an emphasis in public health. Because it is an interdisciplinary program, I take classes in different fields and many of them have been very unique classes which I have really enjoyed. This year I am really excited about my class called Anti-Psychiatry because it does not only appear interesting but is completely unique as it is only in its second year of being offered at Wesleyan.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
Being a student-athlete has taught me the importance of teamwork. Working together successfully with different people is critical in life and takes patience, understanding and compromise. Teamwork brings success to any group through continual support and encouragement. In the end, even if there are differences or disagreements, we are all working towards a common goal and must unite to push each other, to improve, and to be successful individually and as a team. A lot of my success on the team has come from the strength and encouragement of my teammates.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is Foss Hill because it is where majority of the Wesleyan community gathers to hang out and enjoy the day. You get a great view of campus and its the perfect place to sled during the winter, bask in the sun during the spring and spend time with your friends.