2020 Graduate Grace Shell Plans to Attend UD for Its Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

June 30, 2020
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SENIOR SALUTES Honor Wilmington College’s Graduating Seniors

Grace Shell’s favorite memories of her time at Wilmington College center around the softball team: games, practices, trips, just hanging out. “Those memories were anything that had to do with the team — on and off the field. It’s hard to pick just one,” she said.

PICTURED: Grace Shell

Grace, a biology major from Sidney, noted that the opportunity to be a student-athlete “really helped me come out of my shell and be more outgoing and confident.” It also went a long way in surrounding her with not only great friends but also an effective support system and, in essence, an extended family.

She also exceeded her comfort zone in trying other sports just for the fun of it. “My most unexpected positive experience I had was playing intramural sports,” she recalled. “We always had a terrible team, but I spent a lot of time laughing with (and at) my teammates/friends.”

Grace’s future includes attending the University of Dayton in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. As she looks back upon her time at WC, she offers this advice as a 2020 senior who was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic that forced a hasty conclusion of her collegiate softball career and those memorable end-of-senior-year activities.

“Don’t take the small moments for granted,” she said. “Do everything full heartedly because you could experience your ‘lasts’ without even knowing it — these small moments are what really mean the most.”

SENIOR SALUTES are the result of Wilmington College’s graduating seniors completing an online survey requesting them to look back on their time at WC and share favorite memories, especially meaningful events/relationships and how their time at the College has impacted them.

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