November 17, 2010

The Merrimack Minute with Tiffany Colon

By Griffin Kirkwood and Leah DaSilva

For Tiffany Colon, a senior guard for the Merrimack women’s basketball team, juggling a sport, academics, internship, and a job in the Athletics Department is not easy.

But she juggles it all very well.  She thinks it’s her aggression, above all else, that helps her keep up with everything. “I just do whatever I have to, to move forward and get everything done.” 

And that isn’t the only thing that helps her.

“I have always been a big fan of Tiffany because of her perseverance and work ethic,” said head coach Helen Williams.

The Lawrence, Mass. native has solid goals for her senior year.  She hopes to “do my best in all my classes and leave Merrimack with a bang.”  For basketball, she plans to “play her part to win games.”

Colon, a Criminology and Sociology double-major, is making the most of her education.  She is currently doing an internship with the Lawrence Juvenile Court, where she works with a Probation Officer, and is excelling.

 “Tiffany’s ability to connect and integrate her course work with her internship experience is exactly the skills a professor hopes to see,” says her professor, Dr. Karen Hayden.

 In addition, her exploits in the classroom have not gone unnoticed.

 “The criminology major is relatively new. It has been in place for less than two years.  To see our first criminology majors take on the kind of work that Tiffany is doing makes the entire department proud,” says Hayden.  

For the future, she hopes to “catch up with her high school coach”, and explore coaching high school basketball.

Tiffany began her college career at the University of Maine, but transferred to Northern Essex Community College, and then found her way to Merrimack. 

“Merrimack gave me hope and the drive to move forward,” she says. 

And she is very glad that she came.  Although she says that “she is always making memories here, beating #1 Franklin Pierce last year might be my favorite.”