Student Stories:  Colby Adolph

Student Story:  Colby Adolph

“Our motto, Learning by Heart, means much more than just memorizing information for a test or quiz, rather, we learn it by heart so that it stays with us for years to come. Being at a Liberal Arts college, we are exposed to many scholarly areas, not just in our degree area, which allows us to expand our minds for the long run and not just remember things for a period of time.”  ~ Colby Adolph, Class of 2013, Biology, Pre-pharmacy

Colby Adolph was ready to begin her freshman year of college. She had registered for classes. She had her dorm and roommate assignment in hand and had attended freshman orientation camp. She even had the university fight song and other school songs memorized and was just weeks away from heading to the college she had dreamed of attending for years—Baylor University.

Then she received a call from Schreiner University women’s basketball coach, Matt Wallis, who had seen Adolph play at an Amateur Athletic Union national tournament and had been impressed with her. He invited her to visit the Schreiner campus. Adolph was reluctant as she was already committed to Baylor and was looking forward to attending her “dream school.”

“I initially said, ‘No,’” Adolph said.

With encouragement from her parents and
a chance to play college basketball—an opportunity she would not have had at Baylor—Adolph recalls, “I chose to visit Schreiner and I loved it. It was really, really hard to change schools because I had been planning on going to Baylor since 8th grade, but after visiting Schreiner, I was really shocked at how much I liked the school and at the fact that I was considering putting away my dream school and possibly coming here.”

After much thought and deliberation, Adolph signed on with Schreiner just days before her freshman year would start.

Adolph, now a junior, said the small campus, the close-knit community and the student-to-teacher ratio convinced her Schreiner was the place for her.

 “The student-to-teacher ratio really caught my attention because I felt like I would learn more and that’s really important to me,” she said. “Also because I like meeting people and making relationships and to be able to do that meant a lot.”

Adolph, who grew up in Houston, said it was her parents who encouraged her to try basketball. Since Adolph is tall and her dad had played high school basketball, her parents felt it would be a natural fit. There was only one problem.

 “I hated basketball,” she said. “I liked everything more than basketball.”

Her parents finally convinced her to try out for the squad in 7th grade and she made the team.

“I think it was at my first basketball game ever, my best friend was passing the ball to me, but I wasn’t looking, and it hit me it square in my face,” Adolph said. “It’s funny now when we look back on it.”

She went on to play high school varsity basketball, receiving the Excellence Award in Women’s Basketball.

Adolph, who plans to attend pharmacy school when she graduates, said she has learned a lot more from basketball than just athleticism.

 “I’ve realized that basketball really helps you not only stay in shape, but it also helps you with so many life lessons,” she said. “You learn to work as a team, to accept authority and to develop a competitive drive that pushes you to keep getting better in everything you do.”

Wallis, said Adolph holds herself to a very high standard. “Colby exemplifies what a women’s basketball player at Schreiner should be,” he said.        

 Adolph, however, is not defined by her basketball talent alone. While working on her bachelor’s degree in pre-pharmacy/biochemistry, she also participated in the Community Internship Program as an intern for the Kerrville State Hospital pharmacy. As a Schreiner Ambassador, Adolph has given campus tours to prospective students and their families in Spanish as well as English. Adolph is very active in the Student Senate, a peer coordinator for new student orientation, a member of the Student Academic Affairs Committee and on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

“Now I look back and I couldn’t imagine going to Baylor,” she said.