When he was a member of the Saints men's basketball team at Emmanuel, Kyle knew that finding time for involvement outside the classroom was important; it allowed for both networking opportunities and a lot of fun.
College is more than just going to class. Being involved on campus leads to new connections and opens doors to an array of opportunities, which Kyle experienced firsthand.
As a member of the Saints men's basketball team and the Black Student Union (BSU), as well as a student worker in the fitness center of the Jean Yawkey Center, Kyle met many people and stayed in-the-know on campus happenings.
Kyle said that he enjoyed meeting new faces and making new friends. He met so many people at Emmanuel with different backgrounds and learned a lot about his peers.
"For me, not being a part of anything on campus doesn't seem like a very exciting way to enjoy college," Kyle said.
Having played basketball his entire life, Kyle felt a strong connection to the sport, and he was able to stay connected playing as a guard for Emmanuel. Though the games are exciting, sometimes the most memorable moments happen in practice. At the end of one of their practices in 2014, Kyle captured his teammate, John Clay '16, making an impressive move on the court, which ended up receiving a lot of attention.
"John was doing some trick shots as he always does. I knew he'd make at least one, so I got it on video. I sent the video to my teammate Lucas to put up on his Vine account, and we tagged SportsCenter or SCTop10," said Kyle, who ended up getting a message from an employee at ESPN, asking him to send the video. The play made it on air in SportsCenter's Top 10 that evening. "The next morning, he made it up the list to number five. It was such a great experience and so exciting to see."
In addition to varsity basketball, Kyle also enjoyed attending bible study sessions and contributed to group planning discussions on student events. His favorite Emmanuel event was the Midnight Madness celebration: an event held on college campuses nationwide to mark the start of the men's and women's college basketball seasons.
"Everyone was very involved, everyone was excited and everyone was having a lot of fun," he said.
Between classes, practices and other activities, Kyle found ways to balance his busy schedule by either doing his class work during the day to free up his nights or studying in the evening after extracurricular events and practice. For Kyle, finding time for involvement outside the classroom was important because it allowed for networking opportunities and also brought a lot of fun into his life.
"Student life without being involved is nowhere near as great of an experience as it is being involved," Kyle said.
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