CHESTER, England -- You might think if you grew up in a town so small that a five-town regional high school had a graduating class of 46, that the opportunities to explore life were limited. Not so for Cody Redmond Seel who hails from upstate New York's Petersburg, close to the Massachusetts border.
"I had unique opportunities to get involved in everything," says Seel, a Sport Management major and a junior forward on the men's soccer team at Mount Ida, who is also Mount Ida's first exchange student to study at Chester University in England.
Seel was on the varsity soccer team in Petersburg for four years, played baseball for three, hit the basketball courts for four, sang in the chorus, played trumpet in the band and took to the stage in "Beauty and Beast" and "Wizard of Oz."
But, it would ultimately be his talents on the soccer field that would lead him to Mount Ida, when Head Coach Joe Campbell spotted him at a tournament and invited him to campus. "I was touring colleges, but Mount Ida stood out. I liked the atmosphere and then I met Coach Campbell and Professor Jackie Palmer, Chair of the Sport Management program, and my decision was made."
During his time on campus, Cody has been able to focus on his dream career goal of coaching and has assisted Sports Information Director Craig Kaufman in covering games and generating press releases, which has opened him up to even more career possibilities within a sports-related organization. Now he is adding the benefits of a study-abroad experience.
"Jackie Palmer has made such an indelible impression on me. She cares a lot and was the first person to suggest I look into Chester University," says Seel. "She convinced me it would be a great way to set myself apart in this competitive field. I was particularly attracted to Chester, not only because of their academic standards, but the location as well, which would give me access to all of Europe and soccer. I might try to get involved in club soccer while I'm here and hope to travel after the semester is over."
Palmer knows that Seel will be the perfect representative as Mount Ida's first exchange student in Chester. "Cody is an outstanding athlete and Sport Management major who is eager to explore England and Europe and develop as a globally-savvy traveler and professional successful adult," says Palmer. "I personally am thrilled that he will represent Mount Ida College and the School of Business as the first exchange student to Chester University. He has wonderful character, great presence and is passionate about meeting others to better understand the world in which he lives."
On the soccer field, Seel has worked hard to get himself into a significant contributor to the men's soccer program. He has appeared in 30 games in three years and has scored three goals and two assists. Seel is excited to return to Mount Ida College in time for his final season next fall.
During his time in England, Seel will be chronicling his adventures on Instagram for @mountidacollegetravelers. Follow Cody's journey now!