Why Kerri Pagels Chose Wesley College

Why Kerri Pagels Chose Wesley College

DOVER, Del. - In recognition of NCAA Division III Week, five Wolverines student-athletes will be featured on GoWesleyAthletics.com, the official site of Wesley College Athletics, with one athlete being unveiled each day.  Included in the feature will be why the student-athlete chose Wesley along with highlights of the student-athlete's academic and athletic career.

Kerri Pagels                                                                       
Sophomore Nursing Major from Brick, N.J.
Women's Soccer and Track & Field

"I chose Wesley College because it is a small school with so much to offer. One main reason I came here was for the athletics. Soccer plays a huge role in my life and I always knew I wanted to play in college. The coaches and my teammates were so welcoming and they have already made a huge impact in my life. I also chose Wesley not just for the athletics, but for the academics as well. I am a nursing major and Wesley has a top notch nursing program. We recently acquired a new Health and Sciences building that has multiple classrooms and labs to learn and practice our clinical skills. Also, with the small 15-1 student teacher ratio, I knew I would have a more personable learning environment and experience. The professors here know me by name; I'm not just another face on campus. They help in any way possible to see students succeed. I also loved that Wesley had a small campus. Everything is within a short walking distance which made me feel more safe. Wesley College was the perfect fit for me because of the athletics, the size of the school, and the friendly environment."

Stepping onto campus in 2012 as a true freshman, Pagels immediately showed great speed and ball skills and earned a starting spot as a defensive midfielder.  Pagels finished with four goals in her first collegiate season and then transitioned into track & field where she quickly became Wesley's top middle-distance runner, setting a school-record in the 800m Run and also earned All-CAC honors in the 4x100m Relay. Primed for a big sophomore campaign, Pagels tallied a pair of goals and two assists with a game-winning goal at Cairn on the soccer pitch before breaking her own school-records in the 800m and 4x400m Relay.

Pagels is also equally impressive in the classroom where she holds a 3.55 GPA in Nursing and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District Nominee and member of the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.