NEAC Senior Spotlight: Cameron Upton, Gallaudet University

NEAC Senior Spotlight: Cameron Upton, Gallaudet University

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the spring semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a senior student-athlete from one of the conference's member institutions by asking each student-athlete to reflect on their collegiate career by sharing "A Letter to My Freshman Self." Our final spotlight of the spring features Cameron Upton from Gallaudet University.

Name: Cameron Upton
Sport(s): Baseball
Hometown: Vicksburg, Miss.

Dear Freshman Cameron,

You will be nervous beginning your first year of college but it will also be the start of a great journey.  Everything will be new but with a purpose.  The excitement and pressure of being on your own will be easier when you meet your new teammates, who quickly become friends.  You will meet other new friends that you had never thought or expected to meet.  The upperclassmen will make things easier by guiding you through the process until you feel comfortable.  I did not know any American Sign Language (ASL) before coming to Gallaudet University.  My new best friends will help me through the first year of college and learning this new way to communicate.  You will meet and grow with teammates from different parts of the country and some from other parts of the world. From the classroom to the baseball field everything will happen to prepare you for your future and you will gain great friendships and brotherhood. 

Your freshman year will be eye-opening as you will see what it takes to be successful on your own, without your parents being there.  Your new family of coaches, staff, teammates and professors will give you the tools to be successful.  You will learn time management – how to make sure you get your classwork done on time and work hard on the baseball field.  You will learn from each senior teammate that leaves before you, then you can in turn, help new teammates that come behind you to adjust and be successful.  Be accepting of your friends’ differences for not everyone is the same and being different does not mean they are wrong or not deserving your friendship. 

Striving to win everyday on the baseball field will also help you win everyday in the classroom.  You have to work hard and win at both to become a successful satisfied person after you leave college.  Before you know it, what has happened your four years will be over and you will think “Wow, how did those four years go by so fast?”  Enjoy every day, you can play the sport (baseball) you love for your university (Gallaudet).  Remember others are watching you and following your success and will know they can also follow their dreams and achieve more.  When you walk across the stage to receive your diploma feel proud of yourself and the legacy you are leaving behind.

Sincerely,

Cameron Upton

To learn more about Gallaudet University and Bison athletics, visit gallaudetathletics.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.