Up-Close with Alek Mojski

Banner Elk, NC--Come meet Alek Mojski, a sophomore from Berlin, Germany, as we continue our series of Up-Close interviews with the Bobcat tennis players.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?

"I have always wanted to visit America. I worked at a Tennis Academy in Statesville and the coach there Randy Pate told me I should try out for college. I did and my first impression of Lees McRae when I came here made me choose it."

2. How long have you been playing tennis?

"I played when I was younger with my dad but I started playing with a coach and competing when I was 14."

3. What are your personal goals for this season?

"I want to play good tennis and if I do this then I hope I will win. I also want the team to do well and the coach to be happy."

4. What's your favorite tennis memory here at Lees-McRae so far?

"Beating Coach Goode at doubles with my partner Rick. I also ran the 400 meter in 60 seconds and kept the team from running a lot at practice. It was a good challenge."

5. What is your favorite part of playing tennis here at Lees-McRae?

"I like the atmosphere. The team is really nice, I have made many good friends, I have a good coach and all of this fits together."

6. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?

"My parents but most importantly, my cousin, Jonny Kober. He has always supported me in tennis and built me up whenever I was having a bad time."

7. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?

"When I am home in Germany I really enjoy spending time with my family. I also like hanging out with my friends and having fun and working out in the gym."

8. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree?

"I am a Business major and I want to go into Business Administration. I would also like to be a coach or assistant tennis coach."

9. What is your favorite band?

"A Polish Hip-Hop group called Jeden Osiem L."

10. What is your favorite book?

"Der Kleine Prinz (The Little Prince)."

11. What is your favorite food?

"My Mom's food, but besides that I really like Chinese food."

12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

"I would like to go to London and to Wimbledon to see the Wimbledon Tournament."

13. What is one word that describes you and why?

"Dedication. If I start something I want to be good at it and give all, not half."

Alek's Story:

Alek Mojski is a sophomore from Berlin, Germany. His journey to Lees-McRae College started out as a dream to visit America that he had since he was young. He always wanted to experience the culture and improve his English and see what life was like in the United States. A few summers ago, Alek visited, trained, and worked at the Tennis Academy in Statesville, NC. There he worked with Coach Randy Pate. Pate encouraged Alek to look into playing college tennis in the United States. After several tryouts and campus visits, Alek received offers from schools like Appalachian State University and University of South Carolina. Alek also visited Lees-McRae and was asked by Coach Goode to join the team. When asked about how he felt about Lees-McRae when he was looking for colleges and tennis programs, he responded "I visited and had a very good first impression of Coach Paul Goode. I really felt like he wanted his players to improve and work hard." After the decision to come to Lees-McRae, Alek says his experiences since have only confirmed his first impression. He says he really enjoys the team and has made many good friends as well as improved and worked hard on his tennis game.

Alek hopes to complete his undergraduate program in Business and then see what opportunities arise before making the decision to stay in America or move back to Germany. He also expresses an interest in coaching tennis himself one day. "I would like to coach or be an assistant tennis coach. Maybe here with Paul Goode or something like that." Whatever Alek choices, it is certain that he has much to offer the team and will be making highlights for the Bobcats' season.