Meet Our Students
Akash Radia ’10
by Lisa W. Romano
Akash Radia is a member of the new intercollegiate men’s soccer team, which played three scrimmages last fall and will compete in the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference during the 2009 season. Radia grew up in England and India and transferred to SLC from Hobart and William Smith College. He studies music, writing, theatre, and Spanish.
SCL: Why did you come to Sarah Lawrence?
AR: I transferred here for the music program. I started by playing acoustic jazz—lounge songs—but recently I have gotten into electronic music, and I’m fusing acoustic with electronic. I also mix in some hip-hop and alternative rock.
SCL: How do you like the SLC soccer team?
AR: I played soccer in England and throughout high school. I wish I knew as much about history or literature as I do about soccer. Soccer at Sarah Lawrence is a learning experience, because the skill level varies from player to player. The coaches are great at instilling confidence and fostering good team spirit, and we are improving exponentially. It helps having Natalie Harris as one of the co-coaches [with Hassan Turner]. She’s a former England International footballer, and that kind of experience is something no other team in our area or division has.
SCL: Tell us about some of the games.
AR: We won our first game against Hampshire in early October. Thanks to my strike partner Pete Libbey’s two goals, we were tied 3-3 going into the last five minutes. I managed to get the winning goal, which was great because I wasn’t having the best of games. But the real emotion came after the game. It was the first game the team had won. It was great to see the team realize its potential.
SCL: Does the team feel accepted on campus?
AR: I’d say out of anything going on or changing the heart of the campus, it’s the soccer team. The lads have put in so much commitment and spirit and are all very social. They have changed the way sport is being seen on this campus. People are starting to hear about the team, and as most of us are friends with each other, there is a presence and camaraderie that can be seen. We give off a good vibe, I think.
SCL: How is the sport of soccer different in the US than in England?
AR: Sports in the states—not at Sarah Lawrence—is a religion, and you have to give 110 percent all the time. It’s very serious, and there is a large jock and non-jock culture, where playing sports defines you as a person. In England, for the 90-odd minutes of a football match, the players and fans have no other concern in the world—but win, lose, or draw, everyone gets together for a pint after the game.