Women's soccer player Mel Mikoy and Dr. Melanie Maddox
About Mel Mikoy:
- Sophomore defender
- Native of Fayetteville, Ga.
- Exercise science major
About Dr. Melanie Maddox:
- Assistant Professor - Department of History
- Owns a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in History from UC Riverside and a Ph.D. in Medieval History from University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Mel Mikoy and Dr. Maddox at a recent soccer game
Q&A with Mel Mikoy:
- What do you like most about Dr. Maddox's class? Dr. Maddox’s class was always interactive. There was a lecture portion, but the class was not limited to that. Open discussion was very much encouraged. It was also very different from a typical history class because it covered cultural aspects rather than just historical timing of events.
- What makes Dr. Maddox a good teacher? Dr. Maddox was very encouraging of her students and would always go out of her way to offer extra help to anyone that wanted. She had study sessions with us nights before tests and would bring pizza for all of us. We could meet with her to discuss any portion of the class and she would always provide guidance. She also altered the class curriculum to cover topic that students were more interested and engaged in.
- What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? I don't have much time for hobbies, but when I have the opportunity I love being outside and exploring cities. I do not like sitting at home at all. I always want to be out and doing something, whether that be kayaking, finding graffiti, driving with the windows down and music loud, etc.
- How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? Being proactive is something that has really helped me in college. Doing as much as possible as far ahead before the due dates helps tremendously because it gives you time to discuss with other classmates and teachers, as well as takes away the stress of having to finish something immediately or else risking a bad grade. I know myself and have come to realize that after a certain hour my brain and body do not want to function anymore so I use all hours of the day to get as much done as I can, as well as stay ahead in school. Then, when it comes to night time and my brain is fried, I can call it quits and relax knowing everything is done for the following day. Balancing athletics is similar, except that everything has a set time. Showing up on time is non negotiable and you have to want to be there to be successful. Passion is what drives you to push through the hard days, the hard times, and the hard practices. You also have to account for all of the little bumps in the road, whether it be injuries, losses, early lifts, etc. and take all of the positives that you can out of them and keep moving. Having a social life is not something that is super difficult for me in particular because I do not know a stranger. I talk to everyone I see. Talking also serves as a way for me to take a break from the chaos that sports and school bring to me on occasion. I use my weekends, meals, athletics, and times where my brain stops functioning to talk, build my social circle and clear my head and relax. Sometimes a conversation can free your mind and help you maintain the constant intensity that school and soccer brings.
- What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot is the docks or the little tower on the soccer field that is used to film games. The docks always have a nice breeze and a beautiful sunset and the tower always lets me take a breather while staying close to the pitch.
- What is the most important skill you've learned through participation in your sport? The most important thing I’ve learned is that you have to make everyone feel welcomed and encouraged, especially in a team sport like soccer. The best chemistry comes when you have a family on and off the field. This is a school where you have to deal with a lot more as a freshman than anywhere else. As an older teammate, you have to work to maintain the bond between the previous team and welcome new incoming girls that are essential to the growth of the program.
- Do you have any nicknames? Or if you could choose your own, what would it be and why? My brother calls me "fat buffalo" which is a nice icebreaker because most people wouldn't consider a buffalo as his/her spirit animal, but I do. My brother gave me the nickname as a joke and now I just roll with it. Everyone on campus calls me that!
- What are your plans post grad? I plan to attend Physical Therapy school or medical school with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist for athletes. .
Q&A with Dr. Maddox:
- What was it like having Mel in your class? I have been fortunate to have Melanie Mikoy in two of my classes. She is an amazing student, and wonderful human being to get to know. Cadet Mikoy has always brought a strong work ethic into the class room, but she also bring curiosity and a willingness to learn that makes class discussions a joy and a a great group experience.
- What is your favorite sport or hobby? My favorite hobby is to travel. I love to experience new places and cultures. I have always enjoyed watching the Premier League football in the United Kingdom. I also was so amazed and inspired by the performance of the United States Women’s soccer team in the World Cup.
- What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read, spend time with my cats, and research Medieval History. I also really enjoy joining Romeo Company for Corps events like SMIs.
- How often are you able to watch your student-athletes compete? I try to attend sports events every year! I have to admit that I get a horrible case of sports “mom” syndrome when I watch students play the sports they love. It is so stressful, but wonderful to see them do so well. I am always amazed whether they win or lose, but I know how much winning matters to them so I sit there and worry.
- What’s your favorite spot on campus? I love being in the classroom with students, but I also love spending time in 4th Battalion as Romeo’s Academic Advisor. It is always great to get to know students outside the classroom.
- What is your favorite thing about teaching? My favorite thing about teaching is watching people expand their knowledge base, and share in the learning experience. I always learn myself while teaching. The exchanges I have with students help me to be a better scholar.
- What would students be surprised to find out about you? Students are surprised when I tell them about my personal experience with dyslexia. It doesn’t really impact me so much anymore, but I think that sometimes they do not expect a person with a PhD to have a learning challenge that they have to overcome.
- What is one class your schools offers that you wish you could take? The Criminal Justice Department has a course on Victimology that I always thought would be a very interesting course to take.
About Classroom Connections: In its second year, Classroom Connections is a weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor.