EDITOR'S NOTE: Cal Poly men's basketball players write an original piece for each game-day program on which they're featured on the cover. Freshman forward Kyle Colvin is one of the featured Mustangs for the program's Saturday, Dec. 8 matchup versus Bethune-Cookman. Game time is 7 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.
Staying at Home has its Advantages
Growing up in San Luis Obispo, I always had thoughts of attending Cal Poly. My dad
(a forward at Cal Poly from 1986-90) and I have been coming to Cal Poly games for as long as I can remember, but as I went through Mission Prep, I never thought Cal Poly would be the place I ended up. I wanted to leave and experience a different place other than San Luis Obispo. It wasn't until the fall of my senior year that coach Callero showed interest in me coming to Cal Poly. He said he saw potential in me and that I would be a great fit with the team.
Following my senior season, my family and I talked things over and I concluded that Cal Poly would be the best place for me to continue playing basketball. As excited as I am to be playing here, the ultimate factor in my decision was the education I would receive. I realized that earning an industrial engineering degree from Cal Poly would set me up for success in the long run. And to me, that's the most valuable thing.
My first quarter at Cal Poly has been a great experience. I'm getting to know a whole bunch of new people and learning new things about myself. I'm finding out what path I want to take in the engineering field and working hard in my classes.
On the court, we're growing as a team. The offseason was a grind with long workouts and tough conditioning sessions, but it gave us the opportunity to bond. Ever since I was a kid, one of my dreams has been to play in the NCAA Tournament. So, during the next five years, I hope I can help put this team in a position to go back to the NCAA Tournament.
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