Here I am currently sitting at my desk in little Buckhannon, West Virginia writing my first blog. If you would’ve asked me three years ago where I thought I would be or what I thought I would be doing I would’ve never been able to come up with the answer of being 1600 miles from home- writing a blog.
Home for me is Naples, Florida. I grew up on water and sand and was able to see the sun all days of the year excluding our hurricane days. Now, home is still Naples but it is also Buckhannon. I transitioned from oceans to rivers, sand to state parks, and hot to cool to freezing. The most frequently asked question I receive is why I would leave the sunshine for snow, well, here’s why. I came to this little, beautiful town with a dream to be a college athlete. Along with growing up on beaches I also grew up on ball fields. I’ve been playing softball since I was nine years old and never looked back. Buckhannon gave me the opportunity to fulfill all of my aspirations I ever had while growing up.
Even though softball is what brought me to West Virginia Wesleyan College it’s the school itself, the people, and the relationships I’ve made that have kept me here. Being away from home is nothing to brag about. You constantly miss something- whether it be a birthday, your dog getting in trouble for something for the one thousandth time, or a simple hug from your dad. However, being far away is something to be proud about. You learn to be independent, you realize your own strength, and your eyes are opened to different ways of living. I’m truly thankful for my college and the beautiful state of West Virginia.
While here at WVWC I major in Sports Business and a minor in Communication. I plan on working in sports for as long as I possibly can. The thing that makes sports so beautiful is that when athletes have to “go to work” they’re excited about it. There’s a sense of accomplishment when they go to work because they have all came so far to get where they are. I look forward to working around athletes who have endless amounts of drive and passion. Sports are so important to so many people. Everything you see nowadays is edited- TV, movies, pictures, songs, etc. but when you watch a game or a match or anything sport related it’s all unedited. It’s real. All of those emotions are real, real life people doing amazing things that the ordinary simply cannot do. Sport is beautiful.
So to sum this post up I’m from Florida, currently at college in West Virginia, miss my dog, and utterly obsessed with sports. If I’ve learned anything from my past three years here at Wesleyan it would be that it doesn’t matter how far you are from family they will always be a phone call away, if you don’t absolutely love what you’re doing then don’t do it, and whatever you do decide to do make sure you do it with passion.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”