Knowing Your NicheJun 3rd, 2010 | By admin | Category: Sports
Michele Mules ’10
BY ABIGAIL HILL ’12
When Michele Mules ’10 came to Wesley College, she came with a mental checklist. She wanted a small school, Division III athletics and professors with heart. She also is a young woman with her eyes set on the prize. After just graduating from Wesley in May, she feels satisfied that her undergraduate goals have been met and she is prepared for her next step in life. This August, she will head to University of Chicago in Illinois with a passion to follow corporate law. Mules came to Wesley to play basketball, and found that the school had a lot more to offer. Shortly after arriving, she found her niche at Wesley and prospered from her involvement on campus. As a dual-sport athlete in basketball and softball, she learned how difficult it can be to manage being a part of a team while keeping up with academics. However, sports became her saving grace and taught her valuable life lessons. “Sports have kept me on track and taught me time management,” she explained. “I have also learned teamwork, and that it is always okay to ask for help.”
After finding her way on and off the court, Mules began contemplating her future aspirations. She pursued a double major in English and legal studies, hoping to settle on her career path. Mules expressed, “The small classroom sizes and the oneon– ones I have had with my professors have been very important to my education.” She gives credit to the faculty for providing an intellectual and personal college education. “Our professors care,” she stated. Through the efforts of faculty members such as Dr. Linda De Roche, a provider of guidance, and Dr. Flora Hessling, Mules’ inspiration, she found her passion and chose to pursue it.
In addition to allowing her the opportunity to shine in the classroom and among the campus community, the small school environment at Wesley also afforded Mules a chance to shine on the playing field. A three-year starter for both the women’s basketball and softball teams, she improved each season. On the basketball court, she established herself as a strong defender and her 122 career three-point field goals rank her among the school’s all-time leaders. On the softball diamond, she emerged to lead the team with a .370 batting average as a junior.
Residence life at Wesley was one of the most meaningful ingredients in Mules’ college experience. It offered her a sense of community of which she will forever feel a part, knowing that many individuals she met will become lifelong friends. In the College’s future, she hopes that residence life programs will continue to reinforce the Wesley community bond and thus help keep more students on campus, active and out of trouble.
“Residence life has taught me about the importance of professionalism,” Mules said. This lesson will serve her well as she moves on to law school and her future career. She may be traveling across the country to pursue her next educational goal, but she will always have a home back at Wesley.