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Senior Chad Enwright — A Journey from Ontario, Canada, to Olivet, Michigan

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Senior Chad Enwright is a business administration major with a double concentration in management and marketing, and he is from Melbourne, Ontario. Chad is a part of many things on Olivet’s campus, including Residence Life, Student Engagement, Phi Beta Lambda, Mu Omega Pi, service learning, the President’s Leadership Institute, the Global Center for Entrepreneurs and Leaders and the Olivet College Marketing Department.

Growing up, Chad had always dreamed of playing college football in the United States as an NCAA athlete. “As much as I enjoyed playing Canadian football and being a part of that sport as a kid and through high school, playing university sports and staying in Canada just wasn’t what I hoped to do,” Chad said. “As I got older, I noticed that there were a lot of students who had this cycle of going to school in the same city where they grew up, followed by working in the same city they finished school in and then living there forever. For them it was a choice, but to me, all I could see was a future for myself being stuck in the same place.”

Chad also said that one of the main reasons he chose to come to Olivet College was because it was the first place that he was able to see an American college football game live and in-person. “My older brother was a freshman at a Division III college in Indiana at the time, and they came to Olivet to play at Olivet’s Homecoming. I wasn’t being recruited for college football quite yet, but just seeing the facilities and the atmosphere of Olivet had my dad and I wondering how cool it would be for me to go to a school like this,” Chad added. “I was recruited to Olivet two years before signing, and I had visited several other schools along the way. Every school I visited was compared to Olivet College, and none of them felt like home.”

Chad also said that playing football has been the thing that has made the biggest impact on his life while being at Olivet for the past four years. “I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations, highs and lows, and so much adversity through learning and injuries. I’ve made great connections with my coaches and teammates and even those who are no longer here,” Chad said.

Chad’s goal after graduating in May is to attend graduate school in the fall to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

“There are so many things I have been thinking about recently as far as what I will remember and miss the most about Olivet, and I’m sure my answer will change quite a bit over the years, but as of right now I think I will miss the people the most,” Chad said.

Chad also said that he would encourage other international students to come to Olivet for growth, experience and opportunities. “I feel like not only being away from home is good for your development as a person and as a student, but being at OC allows you to explore both of those sides. You can be who you want to be — be who you truly are — see things you’ve never seen before and meet people you wouldn’t have met otherwise. It is a small campus that quickly becomes home, and the sooner you adapt to the new living environment and the culture, the sooner it embraces you and welcomes you with open arms,” Chad said.

Chad also has advice for all students and young adults. He added, “Before it is too late, do everything you have always wanted to do. Never give yourself the opportunity to have regrets, just live and learn. Never leave yourself wondering what could have been or what you should have done, go out and do it because you wanted to.”

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-749-7635 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

This piece was written by Julia Bidelman, a senior majoring in journalism and mass communication. She serves as an intern in the marketing and communications department and is especially interested in social media. After graduation, Julia plans to continue her work as a content creator, photographer and social media manager, and she hopes to work in the field of social media for a small business or nonprofit organization.

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