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Remembering Villanova and the road not traveled

It’s a slow “news” day, so let’s get personal.

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Happy Wednesday Nova Nation! It’s a slow day for the links, and it’s going to be a long “yet” day as we wait for tomorrow’s NBA draft and to see how Reid Travis wraps up his visit to Kentucky. So instead of harping on those topics for yet another day, I figured I’d turn to you the readers for some content. Travis is deciding between two schools, and at some point many of you did the same. So today my question is what was your road not traveled?

For me, I already had a check in the mail with intentions to attend the University of Massachusetts. Back before I discovered cheesesteaks and beer, I could occasionally pass for a lacrosse player and I had parlayed that interest into an opportunity to be a team manager for UMass men’s lacrosse. I was already getting excited to head up North, when suddenly Villanova had an opening for me.

Choosing to change focus and attend Villanova was the greatest decision of my life. I met some of my best friends, my wife, and had experiences that continue to resonate with me to this day. I ended up joining the Villanova Singers and Spires, who traveled around the country to sing just for fun or sometimes for competition. I loved those groups, and ended up being a leader in the organizations. That and my classes taught me what I needed for my career, as well as life lessons that made me the man I am today. I couldn’t be happier that I chose Villanova, and I’m still reaping the benefits from that decision.

So to summarize, after thinking I’d join a sports team at a school that John Calapari had coached at I decided to go with Jay Wright’s school. I had the opportunity to travel around the country to compete and win with my closest friends as a leader of our group. That decision got me more prepared for my chosen career, gave me life long friends, and helped me start both my actual and extended family. I don’t know if that story resonates with anything else going on these days, but I figured I’d share.

In other news, Villanova will be mentioned a lot tomorrow night, Mikal Bridges continues to be awesome, and Nova is set to dominate another Thanksgiving tournament. Enjoy!

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