Basketball and Business: Terry Harrison ’12
Last March, when Terry Harrison ’12 looked at the stands from the basketball court during Wells’ first appearance in a NCAA Championship tournament, he was thrilled. A sea of students sporting red Wells Express t-shirts was cheering on the underdog.
He wasn’t surprised to see that kind of support. “We’re a tight-knit community,” said Terry, who describes an outpouring of support the team received through the end of the season. The president invited them to dinner at her home; the administration provided transportation to the games and made t-shirts available to the whole campus; and students followed the team by bus, online, and via text to stay up-to-the-minute. “It meant a lot to know that so many people were rooting for us—and we didn’t want to let them down. We weren’t playing just for us, but for the school as a whole.”
Although the team lost the game to SUNY Oswego, the accomplishment of making the tournament capped off a stellar year for Terry, who will serve as captain in 2012. Throughout last season, he received several awards, including D-3hoops.com All-East Region Honors, NEAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, and NEAC First-Team All-Conference.
But for Terry, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, college isn’t all about basketball. “I was sold on the education at Wells. And being from the inner city, it feels like a getaway when I’m on campus,” he says. “It’s not a huge school or a party school, so you can focus on your schoolwork and on sports, and it’s easy to make friends and get to know everyone.”
A business major, Terry was an active participant in Wells' 2011 Entrepreneurship Week, during which he and his teammates pitched a new business plan for selling 3D printers. The director of our new business center, Bob Ellis, has helped inspire Terry’s interest in business. Terry says, “Mr. Ellis doesn’t just relate to us through a textbook, but through his experience in the business world, which makes concepts easier to understand.”
Terry also works as an Athletic Event Management assistant for the College, and he plans to pursue two internships during his senior year, exploring a future career as an athletic director.
Having experienced “Senior Week” as a guest last spring, Terry is already sentimental about saying goodbye when he graduates in May 2012. During Senior Week—the week leading up to graduation—Wells seniors and guests take day trips, host a formal dance, compete in games, and participate in other celebrations. “It was inspirational to see the joy and excitement of the seniors. Saying goodbye to them was bittersweet. I’ll cherish every moment of my senior year.”