Year One

I had every intention of recapping my freshman year of college in early May, but then life caught up with me. I realized I could not go on without writing about my first year because it was just too incredible to go unnoticed. So here I am, about to leave for my second year and reminiscing on the previous year of school.

As an athlete, my first year was a little different. It took a lot more adjusting than I could possibly imagine. Balancing the pressures of winning and playing time, performing in school, staying healthy, and trying to “find myself” all caught up to me at some point. I was so blessed to be surrounded by a team that cared for each other and stuck together even when we were probably the most injured team in the NCAA. My freshman season went by so incredibly fast. I blinked and it was over. Then offseason workouts started (yay). Looking back, my first year playing college soccer was pretty successful and I wouldn’t trade the ups and downs for anything.

Soccer didn’t consume my life, even though at times I would argue differently. I was able to be involved with the Baptist Campus Ministries and met some of my very best friends there. This organization changed my life and made my freshman year the best it could be. I love the people and the atmosphere. God has really moved that place and I am so happy to be a part of it. Towards the end of the year I was selected to be on the leadership team at the BCM, so I am looking forward to serving the students at NKU in the years coming.

Spring soccer season brought a lot of improvement as a team and as an individual. We went undefeated tying some of the top teams in the area including Dayton, Miami, and UC. I was so happy with how I was playing and how the team was coming together. I can honestly say that is the best I have felt my entire career. Then I broke my face. As heartbreaking as it was, I grew and learned a lot from it. God provided me with A LOT of strength to get through it all and I am grateful for a healthy recovery so far.

I am looking forward to this upcoming year for so many reasons. I GET TO MOVE INTO A HOUSE WITH MY BEST FRIENDS! Need I say more? God-willing, I will be able to step on the soccer field again after three months of not playing. August 8th is the day and I am determined to play after being faced with the possibility of never playing again. Being on leadership at BCM will be an awesome opportunity to disciple into fellow students. I plan on exploring many more ways of getting involved so I can make the best out of my four years in college.

This year was unforgettable and I would not change a single thing. Because even when things got bad, I learned some sort of lesson from it. I am beyond excited with what the future holds at NKU. I just feel like great things are ahead for this campus and I cannot wait to be apart of it. God is so stinking good and I know in my heart that I am where I am supposed to be. Freshman year flew by and I know I need to stop and look around every once in a while. Words will never be able to describe how happy I am at this point in my life and I owe it all to JC!

Freshman Year Highlights:

  • Surviving the dreaded preseason
  • Traveling to Florida to play soccer
  • Meeting my best friends
  • Walking into the BCM
  • Mission trip to PCB
  • Passing 4,000 fitness tests (exaggeration)
  • Declaring my major
  • Breaking my face
  • Getting a leadership role at the BCM
  • Going to Colorado for UTC
    The list could go on and on and on……Jesus loves ya!
    Sami

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