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 Bowdoin's Sterling Dixon, a women's swimmer who wants to spend an entire day without saying "no".
Sterling Dixon, Bowdoin College
Junior, Women's Swimming & Diving
New York, N.Y. / The Nightingale Bamford School
Why did you choose to attend Bowdoin?
I wanted a school that was great academically but also was small enough school where I would find a really strong sense of community.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I wanted to be able to make academic or extracurricular decisions without having to worry about whether I would be able to do them based on my swim schedule, and the Division III philosophy allows for that.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1.) Travel to a new country by myself, 2.) Spend a day not saying no, and 3.) give a $100 bill to a homeless person.
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
Photography. During my first year at Bowdoin I took a photography class that definitely changed the way that I look at things. Not only did I enjoy taking the actual photos but I also enjoyed developing my photos in the dark room for hours at a time. It was a chance for me to get away from other responsibilities while also being productive.
Have you studied abroad during your collegiate experience? If so, where and what did you study there?
I didn't study abroad but I went to Israel this summer and did a marketing internship there. I love Israel and swimming over the summer was super important to me so I went to a location where I could gain work experience while also being able to train and compete.
What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
I took a class where we learned about infant and child development. One requirement was working with children at a local child care center. I had the opportunity to work with infants ages 4 months to 12 months. It was interesting to be able to witness all the things that I had learned in class come alive while I was interning at the child care center.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
I have learned that people can be very different in different settings. For example, I have a teammate who is always willing to take risks when it comes to their sport but in the classroom they always sticks to the book and is not as willing to take risks.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first year?
I would tell myself to set aside time to actually figure out what was important to me and to actually set goals for myself that I would be able to work towards.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
Definitely the pool. I find that even if I am not swimming I still find myself at the pool socializing for hours on end. Not only are my coaches there the majority of the time but my closest friends also hang out around the pool as well.