Lehigh University Freshman Aidan Decker is excited to start his day on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in his dorm room in Farrington Square at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan has a single room and lives in an apartment with three other roommates. (J24/Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker starts his day on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 with a bowl of cheerios in his living room of Farrington Square at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan enjoys eating healthy and loves cheerios. (J24/Cole Kirst)
Aidan gets ready for his Spanish zoom class on Monday Sept. 28, 2020 in his dorm room of Farrington Square at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan is currently in the College of Arts and Sciences and is working toward an Economics major. (J24/Cole Kirst)
Decker, number 5, huddles up with the lacrosse team after a long practice, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 on Frank Banko Field at Lehigh University’s Goodman campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan is a freshman on the Men’s Lacrosse team and hopes to work hard and contribute early in his career. (J24/ John Sidorski)
Aidan Decker (pictured right) and Scott Cole (pictured left) study together outside of the FML library on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan and Scott are both freshmen on the Men’s Lacrosse team and have become great friends through their first semester at Lehigh. (J24/Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker eats lunch at Lower Court in the University Center of Lehigh University on Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan has grilled chicken and potatoes with water and red gatorade on the side. Decker has said the dining halls at Lehigh have been way better than the cafeteria he had in high school. (J24/ Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker throws the lacrosse ball against the wall at the top of the parking garage next to Farrington Square at Lehigh University on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Aidan works hard on his free time to get better due to the recent hold on Lehigh athletics. (J24/ Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker fiercely screams as he athletically performs pushups on top of the parking garage next to Farrington Square at Lehigh University, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With a recent hold on Lehigh athletics, Aidan works out to stay in shape. (J24/ Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker sprints through the line on top of the parking garage next to Farrington Square at Lehigh University on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Decker is a former two sport high school athlete and runs sprints to stay in shape amid the hold on Lehigh athletics. (J24/Cole Kirst)
Aidan Decker has always been a Mountain Hawk. “I can’t remember not being at Lehigh Lafayette. This fall will definitely hurt not attending, but I am still happy to be at school,” said Decker.
Aidan Decker grew up fifty minutes away in a small town of Chatham, New Jersey. He has always been a fan of the Mountain Hawks since he was little as his best friend’s father went to school here at Lehigh.
“Every year, Mr. Von Heill would take us to the Lehigh Lafayette football game. He would say it’s the best rivalry in sports. I sort of laughed as he said it but it was absolutely electric. The amount of support and cheering for each school is incredible. People are going crazy, everyone is yelling,” said Decker. “Even though I won’t get the chance to experience it as a student this year, I am just as happy to be here on campus.
Decker is a Freshman on the Men’s Lacrosse team here too at Lehigh. He said the differences from high school to college are definitely getting used to. “Everyone is on the same pace and heartbeat,” said Decker. “In high school, practice was really mellow. Here, if you are not sprinting the whole time, you are doing something wrong.” Decker continued to say it hit him in the mouth right away but each day has become more normal for him.
Recently practice and training has been placed on hold for two weeks in the athletic department. However, this has not stopped Decker.
“For myself, not having a spring lacrosse season was tough. But when I got here and we started practicing, it felt great to be out of breath,” said Decker. “With athletics being placed on hold, I want to continue to train because everyday I want to get better and when we do get to practice again, I will be ready,” said Decker.
Most of the freshmen at Lehigh live on campus without the luxury of having a roommate. For Decker, he has three. “Living with Damon Hsu, Nick Turrini and Freddie Amato has been awesome. We are all from different parts of the country so it’s great to talk about each other’s hometown and culture,” said Decker. “Even though it has only been a month, I can tell they are going to be some of my best friends for life,” said Decker.
Having been integrated right away in the Lehigh culture, Decker said he loves being a Mountain Hawk. “Whether it be at the Goose getting a sandwich from Tony or saying hello to someone walking to the Library, Lehigh has been very welcoming and I love being a Mountain Hawk,” said Decker.