April 9, 2013

UMW Student-Athlete David Heller, on Why He Chose UMW and Division III

Today, David Heller, a men’s soccer player and business major from Alexandria, Va., shares why he chose Mary Washington and why he plays DIII soccer:   

Being a student or an athlete has never been the end game, only building blocks to the much larger picture of life. I chose to be a University of Mary Washington student-athlete because it seemed like the best way to grow and set myself up for life. As an athlete here I’ve gained skills that a classroom could never teach and not only experienced collegiate-level competition, but a collegiate team. As a student I am on track to graduate with a double major and a minor. From this, I plan to utilize the knowledge in a way that will more than pay for itself in post-graduation years.

I have found that to effectively manage my current way of life it is critical to have the support of many. From teammates and coaches to advisors and professors, I have always felt like someone has my back, even alumni, to whom I can attribute both of my summer internships. I saw Mary Washington as a place that would provide the best possible foundation for me to find and build myself into who I am to become for the remainder of life; I chose UMW to be successful.  

Thank you for supporting David and all of the student-athletes who represent UMW on the courts and fields of play!