"I've found that it takes the same things to succeed in management and community service as it does to succeed as a student-athlete: good time management skills, leadership, responsibility and the ability to set goals and make a plan to achieve them."

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Why Bucknell?

"I've always done well in math and science, so I knew I wanted to go somewhere challenging. I also played basketball, but I picked it up kind of late — in seventh grade — so I didn't even realize I could play after high school until colleges started contacting me. Bucknell was one of them.

"I visited campus for a couple of days. I stayed overnight in the Gateways, went to an engineering class, hung out with the basketball players and got a really good idea of what campus life was like. It really seemed like it would be a good fit for me — I knew I could get a well-rounded education and join a tradition of success in the Patriot League."

My major

"I came to Bucknell thinking I wanted to be an engineer but soon realized I was more interested in management. I recently switched to taking management classes, starting in Management 101 with Professor John Miller. Twenty other students and I formed a company called A Fever for Heiter, which sold T-shirts on campus. I was the sales director and I'm proud to say that the project was so successful that the shirts sold out in two days.

"We donated our profits to Donald Heiter Community Center in downtown Lewisburg. Our company used the funds to renovate its kitchen and buy a new refrigerator. Afterward, my company hosted an international food week for local kids. We made dinner every day for a week, including lasagna and we played football with the kids and helped them with their homework.

"As I take more management classes, I'm looking forward to getting into the details of statistics and finance, to really learn how things work. I'm also interested in educational psychology and seeing how the mind and body function. I don't want to be narrow-minded when it comes to academics. I think that it will complement nicely with my major."

My activities

"I play Division I basketball. It's hard work, and I spend a lot of time in the gym, but I just have a love of the game. I like being competitive, and I especially like winning. It sounds strange, but my mind and body really feel at ease when I'm playing. Part of it is that I'm around people who appreciate basketball as much as I do.

"As a student-athlete, I don't have a lot of time to get involved in other activities, but the team is committed to giving back to the community. I went back to the Heiter Center to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the kids with my team. We've also hosted youth dodgeball at the YMCA, held a Halloween parade at the local children's hospital and have done other service projects.

"I've found that it takes the same things to succeed in management and community service as it does to succeed as a student-athlete: good time management skills, leadership, responsibility and the ability to set goals and make a plan to achieve them."

Enoch is from San Jose, Calif.

Posted Feb. 1, 2010
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