Student Profile: Neil Youngdahl
Whether you call him a baseball-playing history buff or a history-loving baseball player, one thing is clear: Neil Youngdahl is able to pursue both of his passions at Alma College.
“History is a subject that has interested me since elementary school, so I decided I wanted to keep studying it in college,” he says. “It can be tough to balance sports and academics, but it forces you to learn how to manage your time and prioritize to get things done.”
When it came to choosing a college, the Jackson junior wanted to attend a school with excellent law school placement rates that allowed him to continue playing baseball, he says. Alma was it.
“Being on the baseball team is one of my favorite things about Alma,” he says. “I see my teammates all the time off the field because the school is small. Being able to hang out with them when we’re not playing really helps with the sense of team camaraderie.”
The history major is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Barrister Society, an organization for students interested in pursuing careers in law. Like his interests in baseball and history, Youngdahl’s desire to be a lawyer began in his childhood.
“Growing up, I watched every incarnation of Law and Order and read the John Grisham legal novels,” he says. “As I learned more about law, I liked it more and could really see myself becoming a lawyer. The education that I’m receiving at Alma is preparing me to think critically and differently than a lot of other people, which will help me stand out when applying to law schools.”