Today's student-athlete profile turns to women's lacrosse and junior goaltender Drew Yager (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep). Drew had an immediate impact in her first season at Dickinson, earning 12 starts in her rookie season and posting a 7-3 record in the nets and played a key role in leading the Red Devils to the Centennial Conference playoffs. She made 14 saves against Swarthmore, earning CC Defensive Player of the Week honors. In 2020, she started all six games before the season was cut short due to the pandemic. Drew has stayed very busy during the past months, starting an internship last spring with Landmark Partners, a real estate development group out of Baltimore. She has had the opportunity to work a Dickinson alum as well as one of the four partners is Kevin McAllister '98, who also is the Founder of Access Holdings, a private equity firm, also in Baltimore. Drew continued her internship this semester while also taking classes and still serves as a campus tour guide.
Drew talks about how she has adapted to the pandemic, remote classes and remained connected with her teammates and classmates.
- What made you come to Dickinson?
The number one reason I choose Dickinson was the ability to develop a close relationship with the faculty and staff. I noticed while touring how all students had a genuine connection with their professors by having casual one on one conversations on topics outside of academics. In my experience I have been able to maintain a relationship with my professors and learned how they have gotten to where they are today. Of course, I also have a strong relationship with my coach, as does my other teammates, which was also very important to me.
- What have you enjoyed most about being a Dickinson Red Devil?
I've enjoyed being a part of a team and having people that will always be there for each other.
- Are there any interesting stories or experiences you have had during the pandemic?
No, luckily my family has been fortunate to not have anything too crazy happen.
- What are you doing to keep busy?
My pandemic has been out of the ordinary, where I started an in-person internship three weeks after we left campus. It's been a great opportunity and I've continued it throughout the fall semester.
- What do you miss most about not being able to play your season?
Hopefully, we will be back in the spring to play our season, but I miss building the relationships with the new first-years and team during the fall. I've always enjoyed fall ball because it's more relaxed and we can focus on ourselves and what we need to work on. I also feel like it was a time where we all go super close especially outside of practice.
- What kinds of things are you doing to train and stay in shape?
The gym where I go to do group training with other college athletes has been open since late May, so I've continued my normal training sessions. But for lacrosse, I do a lot of wall ball and other individual goalie drills.
- What do you miss most about not being at school/on campus?
Being around my friends all the time.
- How have you adjusted to remote learning?
I've tried to continue everything that I would be doing at school. I'm still giving campus tours and going to all of our weekly lacrosse meetings. I create a schedule everyday of what I have and then schedule in my schoolwork around it. I typically plan out every hour from waking up to going to bed.
Has it been easy or difficult?
I've found it to be relatively easy but I'm also extremely organized when it comes to doing homework. Since I'm so busy between my internship, school, lacrosse, and other activities I'm motivated to get my schoolwork done whenever I have free time. I do struggle with class on zoom and paying attention, but I try to remove other tabs on my computer and put my phone in another room.
Are there any advantages you have experienced?
One thing I like about remote learning is being able to pause and stop the pre-recorded lectures and professors have been recorded the class times so I can go back if I missed anything.
- What advice do you have for incoming students (or other students in general) about remote learning and/or how you are training?
The one thing I would stress is to try and create what a normal school day would look like and make a schedule of the next day the night before. For example, get up the same time every day and plan when to do homework, take a break, or do some physical activity. Working out every day is also helpful to take a break from the computer and get outside.
- Have you/How have you been able to keep in contact with your classmates/friends/teammates during this time away from campus?
We have a lot of lacrosse meetings which has been helpful to see everyone together. I've just tried to text or FaceTime people as much as possible.
- Why are you Dickinson Proud? Why do you think more generations of student-athletes should come to Dickinson?
The sense of community at Dickinson with all the students, faculty, staff, and alums is something I find unique. I'm constantly running into alums and talking about the similarities or differences we've experienced at Dickinson. I also believe that all alums want to help students specifically when it comes to finding internships or jobs, whether they pass along the student's contact or offer something themselves.