Texas Wesleyan is filled with diversity not only in the classroom, but in athletics as well. Teams are filled with women and men of all different ethnicities and backgrounds, and yet somehow they all bring a sense of unity to the university.
Abraham Ademola, junior bio-chemistry major and right midfielder for the men’s soccer team, is a piece of that diversity.
Ademola was born and raised in Athens, Greece until he was 13 years old. He said moving from Greece to the United States was a big change.
“My father wanted a better life for me and my family, and we moved from Athens, Greece to Arlington, Texas,” Ademola said. “I began to attend Lamar High School.”
“For me, the environment is the biggest change. The schools there were very open and not as scheduled as the schools in the United States are,” Ademola said. “Here, schools are close and you focus on one thing, but in Greece, classrooms were open and there is a freedom to explore.”
Ademola said he moved to the U.S. in late 2003.
After high school, Ademola said a friend told him about Texas Wesleyan and the men’s soccer program.
TJ Romaguera, senior criminal justice major and midfielder for the men’s soccer team, said he has known Ademola since high school. They are now teammates at Wesleyan.
“He brings laughter and a great atmosphere to the team,” Romaguera said. “He is a really good friend of mine.”
Ademola said he has played soccer since he was 6, and his earliest childhood memory is kicking a soccer ball at his brother’s face.
“Futbol is the only constant thing in my life. No matter what, the aspects of the game will never change,” Ademola said. “It is a universal language, no matter who you are or where you are from; when you step on the field everyone is equal.”
Ademola said soccer brought him to Wesleyan, but that isn’t all. He likes the small campus, and the teachers are very helpful.
“They are always willing to help you,” Ademola said. “It really makes being a successful student-athlete possible.”
Outside of Wesleyan, Ademola’s only other hobby is music.
“Music is another form of universal language. You don’t have to speak the same language as another individual to understand what they are playing because true music is the soul and spirit,” Ademola said.
Ademola plays the guitar and piano, and writes his own music.
“I have played the guitar for 10 years now and have been playing the piano for two,” Ademola said.
Aubree Gallego, senior exercise science major and goalie for women’s soccer, said she met Ademola last year and they have remained good friends ever since.
“He is a nice guy,” Gallego said. “He is not only athletically talented, but musically as well, and one day we will be famous together.”