The University of Mary Washington Athletic Department has launched a new student-athlete spotlight, "Inside the Nest." Each month, we will be celebrating student-athletes from different communities within our department. The focus for April is the Class of 2020.
Name: Meredith LeBel
Sport: Field hockey
Hometown: Gloucester, VA
Major: Biology and chemistry minor
Biochemistry 1 because it had the perfect combination of challenging content and comedic relief.
Dr. Reif (biochemistry 1 professor)
Favorite part about being a UMW student-athlete:
Having the opportunity to continue playing the sport that I started in 3rd grade and having a team that was always there to support and challenge me.
Favorite thing to do in Fredericksburg:
Volunteer at Mary Washington hospital with a group of my best friends.
Fun fact about me:
I went on a medical mission trip to Panama with the UMW Global Medical Brigades club and while I was there I saw a sloth and got to participate in an indigenous dance ceremony.
Favorite UMW memory:
Walking across campus in the spring and fall times with friends and seeing the trees change color.
What has playing at UMW meant to you:
Playing at UMW has been such an amazing opportunity for me in terms of self-growth. I have been able to play the sport I love with a great group of girls and along the way I have learned so many life skills that will be invaluable to me in the future.
I will be attending Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and pursuing a career in primary care medicine.
I would like to thank:
My family and friends for supporting me both athletically and academically. My team and coaches for pushing me to become a better player. My professors for setting me up for academic success in the future.