Name: Bryce Millington
Sport: Men’s Soccer
Hometown: West Orange, New Jersey
Why did you choose UChicago?
When I visited UChicago, I was struck by the atmosphere and energy of the campus. I enjoyed meeting the people and I knew that coming here, I would be provided with a great number of opportunities. The ability to continue my education at a world-class institution and play the sport I loved was also a bonus.
Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
My favorite moment was beating Emory in penalties to go to the Final Four in 2017, but I also enjoyed beating Luther to return to the Final Four in 2018. Personally, one of my favorite moments was scoring the first goal of our 2019 season at home against North Park.
Favorite team tradition/activity?
One of my favorite team traditions is to listen to and sing along to the team’s victory song after a big win.
What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
Soccer has always been a beautiful game to me. It is a sport that brings people together and since I was around 3 or 4, I think I was drawn to how truly powerful this sport can be.
What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
I have learned teamwork, trust, and grit. Learning how to take on a responsibility or role within a team has helped me work with other people on and off the field. I have learned to trust in myself, my coaches and my teammates in order to get a job done. I also have seen how grit can lead a team that is 2-0 down to a 3-2 win. A big lesson is also respect, for teammates, opponents, officials and people in general. This has translated off the field as well.
What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
I would tell them to just take a step back and enjoy the opportunity to play your favorite sport alongside some special people who will be your friends forever. Sometimes we can take this opportunity for granted, and it is important to appreciate the experience.
Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
The World’s Columbian Exposition: Science, Race, Gender, & Music at the 1893 Chicago World Fair. It has taught me a lot about Chicago and the area that we go to school. It is so cool to learn about the history of an event that took place many years ago, right where we go to school every day.
Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
Bobby Smith. Along with Bobby, the athletic training staff has been amazing in helping take care of us athletes. They work so hard to make sure we are healthy and happy and I think they have really helped me enjoy the UChicago athletic experience.
Favorite place on campus?
I love being on the soccer field, especially when the sun is setting, but I also love the quad since you can see a lot of people there and appreciate the beauty of our university. I enjoy being in Logan as well, the views are great!
Favorite thing to do in the city?
Explore new restaurants downtown and walk/run/bike along the lakefront. I love being at the point, that place never gets old!
What are your post-graduation plans?
I will be taking a gap year to do work in a clinical setting before going to medical school.
Favorite place you’ve visited?
Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Jellyfish or fish brain.