NEAC Senior Spotlight: Devon Sanders, Penn College

NEAC Senior Spotlight: Devon Sanders, Penn College

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." This week, we catch up with Penn College's Devon Sanders.

Name: Devon Sanders
Sport(s): Baseball
Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pa.

Dear Freshman Devon,

Your life is about to change in four short years without you knowing it. The name Devon will not stick, the new name of “nugget” or now “dad” on the baseball team will. The stress you are feeling about leaving your family will be gone in a day, your nervousness of being left out will soon fade, and the experiences you’re about to embrace will be ones that will last a lifetime. Always be open-minded with the will to learn and grow each and every day.

Your first year of college that you’re nervous about will be the start of a great journey. You will meet new friends that you had never thought or expected to meet, you will achieve things that you have never imagined you would achieve and you will make the people that are cheering you on, proud. From the classroom, to the baseball field everything will happen and be done for a reason, that reason is to make you a successful person when it’s all said and done.

After the completion of your first year, college is set out to be much more than you expected. The college life is much more than waking up, going to class, doing homework, and playing baseball. It’s about broadening your horizons with the will and desire to “win” every day. You are about to build relationships with people that will have such an important impact on your life that “thank you” is not enough. From professors, to friends, to teammates, to coaches, and to the administration of athletics and the school, these individuals will make you appreciate college far beyond what college is for.

The next step in the journey will come easier than you think. Chasing your dream of being in sports on a daily basis will become reality in more aspects than playing the sport you loved since age five. Your professors will make you believe that anything is possible, and by having that will to “win” every day will guide you into helping with day to day athletic duties. Learning about college athletics, providing help in areas of athletics that are needed, and being guided towards your future will all be a part of the incredible experience you’re embracing.

The final year of your college career is here and you are wondering, where did the time go? The saying, “time flies when you are having fun” is the truth. Looking back, you now have friends you call family, teammates you call brothers, and relationships that will last a lifetime. Being a student-athlete at Penn College made you realize what it meant to “win” every day, not only in sports but in life. When you walk across the stage to receive your diploma, you will know that everything happened, and was done for a reason, that reason is for you to be successful now that it’s all said and done.

My advice to you is to stay open minded with the will and desire to grow and learn each and every day. Don’t be afraid to try something new, don’t be afraid to take the extra step, and always remember, “win” every day.

Best Wishes,


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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: