Darius Moulton, B. Sc (Finance) / Track and Cross Country
College: Wagner College
Sport: Track and Cross Country
Degree: Bachelor of Science
What were some of the highlights of your time in the US?
Living in New York City would have to be a major highlight. It’s a place that’s always changing and its fast pace is infectious in the way it inspires you. Being on the road with the team also lends to some great memories on and off the track. The team really just becomes a big family and even the longest road trips were a blast.
Describe a typical day in your life as a student/athletic.
Typically in season it’s an early start getting to the indoor track at 7am and practicing through to around 9am. Usually most of the team would grab breakfast after depending on when their classes started. Then classes through the day and our coach would usually be pretty flexible about us coming back in the afternoon to double. For outdoor track season, we’d usually practice longer in the afternoon session. Depending on travel distance, most Fridays we would get on the road in the afternoon and return Saturday night or Sunday depending on the length of the meet.
How did you balance your studies, sport and spare time?
Initially freshman year is a big wake-up call to personal organization. Having your teams back being switched on at all practices is a full time gig, which on top of studying full time takes a little planning to balance. Throw in seeing the many sights of NYC and all the social aspects of the weekends it occasionally gets a bit overwhelming. Biggest help for all this- simply staying on top of your studies and not procrastinating. It’s definitely a full schedule so there’s not really any time for ‘fake’ studying! Getting papers and projects done during the week means you’re actually able to enjoy your weekend to the fullest!
What would you say to a high school student considering a US Scholarship?
Although the move to the US may seem like a lot of hurdles to jump, the end experience is one that holds so much worth in terms of athletic and personal development. I’ve never found it overly easy meeting new people but being in the US for the first time and not knowing anyone really forces you to go outside your comfort zone. You’re quickly building yourself up and bettering yourself on and off the field in ways that really wouldn’t be available in the typical Australian university.
What are you up to now?
Before graduating I interviewed with PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting and after organizing my working visa was able to begin working full time in the US. Currently I’m working with some of my mates from college living in sunny Florida. It’s not quite the fun of college anymore, but working for such a large company I’m excited to see where the next few years will lead.