by Web on March 20, 2017
Alfie Miller knew exactly what he wanted to find in a college: a healthy balance between athletics and academics.
“This is definitely something that you immediately notice at Millsaps, based on a team’s grade point average and the emphasis that the coaches place on academics coming first,” said Miller, an international student from London.
Both men's and women's soccer earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the year of 2015–2016. For a team to be considered for the NSCAA Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA, NAIA, or junior college roster forms for the fall season.
A freshman, Miller handles defense as a goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team and works in the Office of Admissions as a presidential ambassador for international students.
“I love the people at Millsaps,” he said. “Coming from London, it’s a shock to see how friendly everyone is and how willing everyone is to help out constantly. I also like the fact that Millsaps has a relatively small student body, which allows you to get to know people on a much more personal level than at a large state school.”
Miller said he appreciates how professors expand their classes beyond the campus to introduce students to the community and beyond.
“This semester in my Connections class, I will be visiting a juvenile detention center to interview people about the incarceration system and their views on it,” he said. “I also had the opportunity to spend a few days in Atlanta with the economics department, visiting a number of banks and firms, along with the Federal Reserve.”
He admits he’s found it challenging at times to adapt to cultural differences between America and the UK, but that’s just part of life, he said.
Miller said his classes require focused attention. “I’ve also found some of the workload quite challenging compared to high school level studies,” he said.
One of Miller’s favorite professors is Dr. Bill Storey, who teaches his Heritage class. “I find he makes classes very interesting and interactive, and we also often speak about London and England in general together,” he said.
Miller said he has not yet declared a major, but he plans to double major in business and economics.