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Bahamian Baseball Player Joins Trailblazers


MCLA is pleased to offer this story in a series of student profiles about our incoming Class of 2020. We are proud to introduce just a few of the many accomplished and diverse students who belong to this distinctive group, as we discover more about them, their hopes, their dreams, and their goals for the future as they begin their MCLA careers.

As an 8-year-old, Schamal Forbes ’20 of Nassau, Bahamas, started out playing baseball with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau. He began as a catcher, but evolved into the position of shortstop – the position he came to MCLA to play.

As a high school student, Forbes joined the National Collegiate Scouting Association Athletic Recruiting website, which allows college coaches to view potential players from around the world.

“I decided to attend MCLA not only because of the great program I know Coach Michael Gladu has in store for the team, but also because of the feeling I got when I set foot on campus during my first visit here,” he said. “The people were friendly, and I fell in love with the school.”

A psychology major, Forbes likes to help others. The best way to do that, he said, is to help them to direct their thought processes in a positive manner.

“In psychology, I can use my communication skills to change the world by helping people to understand that there is always a solution,” he explained.

When he was young, Forbes’ grandparents took him on trips to various parts of the world, including to France, Greece, Rome and Canada, as well as Jamaica and Bermuda.

He is also familiar with much of this country, as he’s had the opportunity to visit a number of different states, including Alaska. However, compared to the Bahamas, New England’s cooler weather during the winter months may require a bit of an adjustment, he said.

Before he arrived at MCLA, Forbes bonded with the other players on the baseball team. “I love my team,” he said. During the summer, “we communicated every day and we are ready to get to work to do great things – both on and off the field.”

When he has free time, Forbes enjoys playing sports-themed and first-person video games. He also loves to watch a variety of movies – including horror and action films, romances and comedies – and listening to music.

“I would listen to music all day if I could,” he said. “It calms me down when I need it, and also gets me hyped before a game.”

Forbes, who describes himself as being very outgoing, said he plans to be an active member of the MCLA community and joining some clubs.

“I love living on campus in Berkshire Towers because I am getting that real college experience,” he added. “I think college will help me to further figure out who I am.”

Although he had other college options, “None compared to MCLA,” Forbes said. “I know that MCLA has a great psychology program, which I cannot wait to venture into, and I look forward to the memories that I will make at MCLA.”