Madison Adams
Class of 2019
"Being a member of the soccer team provides me with a close group of friends; there is always something to do and someone to hang out with."
Initially, Madison Adams conducted on-line research to learn about Cazenovia College. She was interested in an institution that could offer her a sport management major—a high school internship with the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA) in Albany had confirmed her interest in this field of study. As a three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Adams also wanted the opportunity to play soccer in college.

Cazenovia College met both of these requirements. Adams made a few trips to campus, culminating in her attendance at a spring Open House event. She was very impressed by the number of faculty, administrators, coaches and students in attendance. After spending the night with upperclassman on the women's soccer team, she—and her parents—met with Coach Cory Christensen. Time spent with future teammates and the coach made Adams comfortable with the thought of attending Cazenovia College.

Entering Cazenovia the following fall, Adams' initial experience as a freshman was at preseason with teammates who immediately made her feel at home. "Being a member of the soccer team provides me with a close group of friends; there is always something to do and someone to hang out with," says Adams. Her team—on which she plays striker—includes classmates from as far away as Arizona and Ohio. "Playing a sport in college is a challenge especially since I am in the All-Honors program; however, I have played sports throughout my life so I am used to the demanding schedule and have learned the skills necessary to find a balance," says Adams.

Dr. Tracy Trachsler is Adams' advisor. Shares Adams, "When I was a freshman Dr. Trachsler was new to the College so we discovered Cazenovia together; she has truly shaped and influenced me by becoming invested in my academic success at Caz." Adams added her second major in accounting after enjoying the courses she took with Dr. Kathleen Allen. As a member of the All-Honors program, Adams also works with Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka. "Dr. Kozaczka has made me a more well-rounded and thoughtful student," says Adams. "I have learned so much from her," she adds.

When Adams started college, her long-term goal was to become an athletic director at a high school; however, now her dream job is to work for the NCAA—an organization which regulates and oversees college athletics. To achieve this aim, Adams is looking at 4+1 MBA programs offered by Cazenovia at either Le Moyne College or Clarkson University. She shares, "Overall Cazenovia College made me more mature and goal-oriented, creating a brighter future because of what I have learned."

Adams' advice to future students has a similar ring: "Be goal-oriented—both in the short and long term—you must work hard toward something in order to achieve it."