Alan Bartels joined quidditch because he had a block of free time his first week at Tufts that, luckily for us, coincided with tryouts. Alan showed up and was initially caught by how different a sport it was from anything he had seen or played before. He was also surprised by how intense of a game it was, which greatly appealed to his aggressive style of play. This freshman beater loves the fact that people often think that quidditch is just a bunch of Harry Potter nerds running around on sticks, when, in actuality, it's a bunch of Harry Potter nerds who are incredibly athletic running around on sticks. Alan's favorite part of quidditch has to be the fact that it's such a dynamic game. There are multiple games going on at once - the quaffle play, the beater play and the seeker play - that cross paths and are their own entity at the same time. On top of that, the play never stops and you're never in a position where there's nothing you can do. Rather, it's what you should do that really matters, making quidditch an extremely strategical game.
Alan is a biomedical engineer and boxes. He says that, other than quidditch, the most enjoyable part of Tufts so far has been bonding with his hall. Coming to tufts, Alan was worried about finding a group of people that he could rely on no matter what. His hall mates soothed this anxiety almost immediately. These incredible freshmen represent a huge range of people - coming from all over the world, including as far as Paris and as close as Massachusetts. This hall has their own intramural soccer team and often host their own Super-Smash Bro's and Fifa tournaments. These guys make Alan feel at home and are more than he could have ever asked for. Special shout out to his rommate Henry!
In terms of World Cup, Alan is most looking forward to the experience of seeing the huge variety of people - from all over the world and from different sport backgrounds - coming together to play quidditch. He imagines that it will be a very unique experience that he would never get to experience otherwise... Who else gets to say that they spent a weekend in South Carolina playing quidditch at the World Cup?!
Tufts University Tufflepuffs, catching snitches and wrecking pitches since 2009.