Dear Wheaton Family,
My name is Natalie Wind '20, and for the past four years I have been a part of the Wheaton Women's Basketball Program. I was also fortunate enough to have the experience of being co-captain of the team for my junior and senior years, as well as the co-president of the Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs) this year. This May, I will graduate with a B.A. in Business & Management and a minor in U.S. Economics. After graduation, I will start as an associate in the corporate rotational program at a regional bank in Boston, MA. It'll be exciting to test what I've learned throughout my career at Wheaton and start a new chapter in the real world!
This year my team experienced both big changes and fun events. We welcomed a new coaching staff, traveled to London, and celebrated the anniversary of the 1993 Women's Basketball Final Four Team. It was a year of inviting new people into our Wheaton family, while also continuing to reconnect with old friends. Although the season did not end with the results we wanted, we did create a strong foundation for future Lyons to keep building upon. We invested in each other and the program, we challenged each other physically and mentally every day, and we recognized that our team was most successful when we had everyone—players, coaches, family, friends, professors, administration, and everyone in between—unified as one team! Additionally, the WAMs have had an exciting year! We have hosted events related to a variety of topics such as health and wellness, academic success within the first-year class, and community service. The WAMs have established meaningful partnerships across campus and are looking forward to continuing our work to help strengthen the Wheaton community throughout the rest of the semester!
Finally, I wanted to recognize the fact that the 2020 semester did not end in the way we had hoped or expected. The entire Wheaton community has had to say early goodbyes to friends, athletic seasons, club events, and everyday campus life. As someone who is experiencing some of those losses as well, I wanted to say that I share your sadness. However, the outpouring of support from the Wheaton Family serves as a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a strong and caring community around all of us. Thank you again for your continued support, and I can't wait to come back to visit in the fall to see all of the Lyons spending time on the Dimple again!
Natalie Wind '20