That Comfortable Feeling
When she turned down Main Street in Poultney last winter and saw the GMC campus for the first time, Chelsea Paul ’13 had a pretty good idea she had found her home for the next four years.
“That’s what caught my eye first - driving down and seeing Ames,” she said. “With the snow it was just beautiful.”
Her positive impression deepened as she walked around campus with her mom. Students and faculty went out of their way to say hello, she said, and that friendly vibe stuck with her. “I didn’t get that anywhere else,” she said. “That comfortable feeling.”
Since arriving in the fall Chelsea has been quick to make an impact: As a first-year student-athlete she leads the Eagles women’s basketball team in scoring and has already garnered a conference rookie of the week award. The Northville, NY native’s 24-point performance against Becker College earned her that recognition, an outing that included a pair of clutch foul shots that helped propel her team to the win. She went a perfect 11-11 from the foul line, a feat backed up by years of practice and a composed attitude.
“I try to calm myself down,” she says. “I keep myself from looking at the scoreboard. The fans were screaming but I try to block it all out and relax.”
Chelsea promises to be a fixture for GMC’s athletic program - she plays soccer in the fall and softball in the spring, and is already involved with GMC’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As a member of the sustainability committee, she is tasked with helping GMC’s athletics programs and facilities become more sustainable. The committee is just starting its work, but areas to focus on may include transportation, and electricity and water usage.
Although still early in her academic career, Chelsea has declared a biology major and a chemistry minor. One of the highlights of her first semester was Fins to Feathers, a linked biology and art class taught by Prof. Meriel Brooks and Prof. Jen Baker. Students developed detailed observation skills through illustration of different organisms while they expanded their scientific understanding of vertebrate evolutionary history. “I had never taken an art class before,” Chelsea says. “It really helped me understand the material.”
Post-college Chelsea is interested in graduate school – possibly for physical therapy - but she’s keeping her options open.
“That’s the plan right now,” she laughs. “We’ll see in a couple of years.”