Summer vacation typically goes by too quickly for everyone, and the three months away from College Hill for James McCool was no different. McCool is a sophomore on the Lafayette baseball team, who had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend three weeks in London for the 2012 Olympics as an intern for NBC.
The Leopards' infielder is an economics major at Lafayette and also spent part of his summer interning in the Wealth Management Division at Merrill Lynch, a financial management advisory company. On top of that, McCool, like most of the Lafayette baseball team, played summer ball before heading across the Atlantic.
The opportunity arose from McCool working security for NBC's Today show for part of the summer and was able to manage his schedule and fit everything in.
"I wanted to go right away," McCool said. "There was a little hesitation at first just because I wasn't sure where I was going to play over the summer and what league I was playing in, because I knew I had to leave before the season was over. It worked out where I was able to play on a team that was a little more laid back, and it wasn't a problem for me to go."
Once the Olympics began, McCool worked for NBC as a liaison between the company and its clients. His main responsibility was to travel with the company's clients during their stay in London and accompany them on tours of London's tourist attractions and landmarks as well as attend different Olympic events.
The highlight of the trip for McCool was a party thrown by NBC for its staff and some of the Olympic athletes on the Saturday night before the end of the games.
"My whole family was there," McCool added. "We were able to sit down and talk to some of the athletes and take some pictures. I met most of the women's soccer team, swimmer Missy Franklin and gymnast McKayla Maroney, which was a great experience to be able to meet and talk to them."
"I talked to Alex Morgan for a while and Missy Franklin," he continued. "Just to talk to them about their experience and the work they put in to succeed at that level was pretty cool."