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Day in the Life: Varsity Athlete at Adrian College

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Petelo Vatuvei Year in School: Class of 2025 Sophomore Major: Communications Years Playing Rugby: 2 Position in Rugby: Center, Halfback, 8 Why did you choose your school? I chose Adrian College because it was a small school with a tight-knit community. I was given the opportunity to join a new rugby program that gave me the chance to be a part of something different than other schools could offer. What was your process of being recruited? Before my coach reached out to me, I knew nothing about Adrian College. I knew no one from the school, students, or staff, so coming here was a bit intimidating at first, but after talking with the coaching staff, I knew this was the place for me. Being a pioneer of the program was immensely appealing to me, and I knew being part of this team would be special.

What are your favorite parts about being a member of the rugby program? The best part of the Adrian rugby program is the people. I have loved getting to know my team and being able to be a leader both on and off the field. Our team is incredibly close, and we have had various opportunities to travel around the country to play the sport that brought us all together. Playing within a team like this creates a bond that can be seen both in our relationships outside of rugby and our achievements on the field. What are your favorite parts about being a student at your school? My favorite part of being an Adrian College student is the small class size. Professors are available on an independent level to help answer questions in and out of class. The school also offers opportunities for academic growth, with free tutoring services available to all students. Going to school in the town of Adrian is also a fun experience. Coming from a much bigger city, seeing this smaller community supporting our school is nice. How do you balance schoolwork and rugby? The balance of school and rugby was difficult at first, but I have worked to dedicate time specifically for schoolwork each day. Our coaching staff understands that school comes first and works with us to ensure we get the time on the field we need. Most students at Adrian are involved in a multitude of things on campus, whether it be athletics, work, internships, or campus activities, so professors are often accommodating when issues with this balance may arise.

What does a typical day and/or week look like for you? A typical day for me starts with time in the gym with the team, followed by independent skill work. I then go to my classes and have a team practice. After all this, I sit down to work on schoolwork and other things that need to be done. Finally, I spend time with my teammates and friends to help unwind.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with a high school player interested in your school?

Come join us, create your own path and legacy with this rugby program, and be proud once you graduate.

School Website: Team Website: Head Coach Benny Mateialona



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