WINCHESTER, Va. - We continue our look at the Class of 2018 by meeting football star Thomas Whalen.
Major: Criminal Justice with Mass Communication minor
Sport Played: Football
Why did you choose Shenandoah? I chose Shenandoah because it felt like the family atmosphere that I was searching for. I come from a small town and going into college I knew I couldn't sit in a class full of 300 kids and be able to succeed. More so outside the classroom, football was always in the picture. All the schools that talked to me didn't compare to SU, the coaches cared about you, they payed attention to who you were and where you came from, just went back to that family feeling i had on my first visit.
Favorite Class and Professor: Policing and Law with Craig Smith. Craig is someone who is real with you in the classroom and someone who cares about what you want to do after you graduate. He is not a by the book guy and in those regards I feel like I learn more when practical knowledge that he has seen on the streets is brought into out class discussions.
What do you like most about playing sports at SU? Playing for SU is something that comes with a great sense of pride. When your professors ask you that Monday morning how you did you want to be able to say you played great and we won.
Favorite thing to do in Winchester: I enjoying going out with the guys fishing. We tend fish in any body of water that we can find. Going out and just relaxing like that and catching some hogs is a good way to get your mind off school and football.
Favorite SU Athletics Memory: My favorite memory thus far was when Guilford came to Shentel Stadium two years ago. We opened the game with a kick return for a touchdown, on the next possession we had an offensive touchdown, and finally the next defensive series we had a pick six. We jumped out 21-0 five minutes into the first quarter and to hear the fans just continue to scream the whole game, it was something i will never forget.
What has playing athletics at SU meant to you? Playing for SU has given me a way to continue my football career and i will always be grateful for that. Football has been in my life since I was 6 years old and i knew that after high school i needed to continue to play. These four years here have been the four best of my life and being a Hornet will stick with me forever.
Post-Graduate Plans: I plan to pursue my dreams as being a Federal Government Agent.
Nobody knows that I... was born in England.