In high school, my club soccer team took up a huge portion of my time outside of class. I have played soccer since I was in Kindergarten, and it was definitely something that I was not ready to give up. Coming into college, I was worried that there wouldn’t be any opportunities for me to play soccer in the same competitive environment as I was used to. Luckily, I was completely wrong!

I would say one of my favorite activities of college outside of academics is intramural soccer! I thought that intramurals wouldn’t be very competitive, but there are actually different levels of intramural sports to even out the competition. I usually play in the “intermediate co-ed” league, which I’ve found to be the perfect league for my soccer abilities.


We formed our team in the dorms freshman year, and we have continued to play together since second semester freshman year. The team has been the perfect place to keep in touch with a lot of my friends that I made in the dorms that I don’t see as often now. Our team name is Man Chest Hair United – if you follow soccer, hopefully you’ll appreciate this!


I also play different sports with my sorority’s intramural league. Every sorority puts together an intramural for each sport, ranging from soccer to flag football to tennis. My sorority has actually won the intramural tournament seven years in a row, so it’s always a great time in that league!


Soccer is the perfect stress release for me, and I am glad that I was able to find a great team and a great league to join. It’s a ton of fun and a great workout (especially playing against some of the boys)!

Lauren Pelo-2015

Lauren Pelo-2015

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!