New AS Government Encourages Student Representation, Voice
Kelsey Chase’s first visit to the University of San Diego served an individual purpose. After playing on a high school state basketball championship team his senior year, the 6-foot-6 prospective student-athlete took a campus tour and had aspirations of catching on with the Toreros’ program.
“I was still pursuing the idea that I’d be playing a college sport,” said Chase, who saw three of his teammates at Santa Ana (Calif.)-Mater Dei High earn Division I basketball scholarships. Chase, meanwhile, sought a non-scholarship, walk-on opportunity in 2007, Coach Bill Grier’s debut season.
Though Chase’s bid to play college basketball was unsuccessful, it didn’t deter his interest in being a USD student. “I fell in love with the school. It comes down to the fact that I’m a southern California kid. I enjoy water sports: surfing, kayaking, fishing, diving and stuff like that so San Diego had a natural appeal for me,” he said. Chase decided to ditch his basketball jersey and focus on school.
Today, Chase is completing his degree in political science and minor in business administration and will graduate in May. The 21-year-old enjoys Mission Beach, where he’s lived since his sophomore year after spending his freshman year in the Maher residence hall. (Full Story Inside USD)
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