Week 5 Rugger of the Week: Mike Begonis

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Name: Mike Begonis (Mailbox)

Home Town: Tewksbury

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 187

D.O.B.: 9/28/92

Position: Lock

Year of school: Sophomore

Major/Minor/Concentration: Computer Science and Mathematics

 

I was an awkward kid growing up. In elementary school I was that weird kid who sat by himself at the lunch table. My very first day of high school I ran into a mailbox attempting to run cross country. Hence the nickname. At the start of 2012 I was a scrawny nerd who never took his nose out of the books to have some fun. I was barely pushing 160 lbs and while I had great grades, I wasn’t really enjoying my college life. So I first decided to start hitting the gym everyday and actually eating healthy, which was possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. At the start of the fall semester I was about 180 and was finally in decent shape. While wandering around the club fair, I was approached by one of my teammates, Tim, who asked if I was interested in rugby. So naturally I felt like a big tough guy because someone had noticed I no longer looked like an engineer and immediately signed up.

 

I don’t think I could have been any more sore after my first week. I had never played a contact sport before and my body was just straight up not prepared for the beating I took on at times. On top of that, my head hurt just trying to remember all the rules. But my teammates were patient with me everyday, and always lent a helping hand when needed. Even when I made a huge mistake, which still happens very often, I never felt like idiot after. We all usually ended up just laughing it off and I ended up learning from the experience. Today, I still forget the rules on a regular basis, and I still leave almost every game with some lame injury, but I have fun doing it and to me that’s what matters most.

 

I’m still unsure of what I really want to do after college. I know two things, I love programming, and I love math, and I’m pretty good at both. Lately I’ve been trying to sample as much of the computing world as I can to see where I truly want to end up. Right now I am a founding member of the UML Cyber Security Club and Treasurer of the UML Association for Computing Machinery. Clubs like these help me explore new career possibilities and open new doors for me everyday. Math is something that above all else seems to just come naturally to me, so lately I’ve been trying to look deeper into things like cryptography. I usually end up overwhelmed with school because I always bite off more than I can chew, but I know that I can always look to rugby as a stress reliever.

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