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 Colby's Sebastien Philemon, a football student-athlete who aspires to be an attorney.
Sebastien Philemon, Colby College
Hyde Park, Mass./Boston Latin School
Majors: Government and French Studies
Why did you choose to attend Colby?
Colby became my home when I first arrived. I hate being cliché, but frankly I just stood in the middle of campus while on a visit during a game against our rival Bowdoin, took a deep breath, and tried to envision myself here for four years. I enjoyed a tremendous win by the Mules that day. Four years later, I am still grateful that I trusted my gut feeling that day.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
Outside of being one of four captains of the football team this year, I love diving into more groups at Colby. I am a peer mentor in the Colby Cares About Kids program that matches college students with local youth. While on campus, I get to enjoy working with an amazing group of very bright individuals as a Social Media Coordinator and Writing Tutor at the Farnham Writer's Center. I also work as a member of the athletic center staff.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Not only do I feel honored that I am able to participate in the evolution of Colby football and the athletic community as a whole, I will never forget the empowering feeling of being able to help change the culture of Colby College concerning the social relations between student-athletes and the general student body. By working closely with fellow teammates, as well as many on-campus leaders, and our Student Government Association, we helped spearhead an annual Field Day on campus that helps develop relationships between these two groups. We organized games, the students bonded over delicious food, and discovered common interests through arts and crafts.
What are three top things on your bucket list?
1. Buy my parents a house
2. Donate $1 million to Haiti
3. Watch the Super Bowl in person
What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
Logic and Argumentation, a philosophy course on paper, was an amazing experience and a very valuable course. Its relevance to the LSAT exam directly impacts my dreams to become an attorney.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
Over the summer, I worked as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in downtown Boston. I learned many aspects of finance, the insurance industry, and many traits (positive and negative) of Sales.
What advice would you give to yourself as a high school first-year?
Don't ever let anyone tell you that you are not going to succeed. Do not ever be complacent. Do your homework.
How is your campus and surrounding area different from where you grew up?
Central Maine could not be any more different than Boston, Massachusetts. Nevertheless, these places are some of the most beautiful areas that I have ever been blessed to bear my eyes upon.
Who has been the most influential person on you during your time in college so far? Why?
My positional coach, Sean Conerly, has been the most influential person in my Colby career outside of my professors and teammates. He took a chance on me as a first-year sudent, and I am forever grateful for what I have become today as a result.
What is something interesting about you that others might not know?
I share a birthday with Dave Chappelle.