When I transferred to Babson halfway through my first semester, I had no idea what to expect. I had taken a whole year off of basketball and I was now joining a team in the middle of the season. However, it didn't take long for the nerves to go away. I was instantly welcomed and the support I received during this process continued throughout my time at Babson. Now four years later, I can truly say it was one of the best decisions I have made.
From a NEWMAC championship, playing in the NCAA tournament, overnight trips and many rivalry wins, I have been able to make some of my favorite memories. However, there have also been heartbreaking losses, many injuries, and long, draining practices. I've experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but it's made this journey one I will truly never forget.
Being a part of this program has taught me the true meaning of hard work, as well as the dedication and commitment it takes to get to where you want to be. I've learned that nothing is going to come easy if you don't work for it, whether that was on the court, the classroom, or any other aspect in life.
From the moment I got here, the coaching staff instilled upon us the importance of controlling what we can control. Not everything will go your way every time you play and not every game will be your best game, but it's how you respond to that adversity that makes you a better player. You're always in control of your effort and your work ethic, and that's something I'll always remember and take with me throughout life.
In the end, it's not the wins or losses I'll remember down the line, it's the people by my side that have made this such a special experience. During my first year here, the seniors became my mentors, helping me adapt to a new college and teaching me what it takes to be a part of this program. To this day, I still remember all the lessons I've learned from them.
As an upperclassman, I made it my goal to be that person for someone else. It's made me realize that being a part of this team was being a part of something bigger than myself. Doing well on the court was important, but it was just as important to be a role model to the younger players to ensure that the traditions I was taught will carry on for years to come.
My teammates, past and present, have been a constant support system throughout my time at Babson, and I know that will continue. We overcame so many obstacles on and off the court and sacrificed so many things together. I will always be so grateful that I was able to go through this experience with such a great group of women who have become my second family.
I can't thank Babson enough for everything it has given me. The lessons I've learned and the relationships I've built are some things I'll never forget. Babson basketball has truly made me the player and the person I am today. I'm so thankful to have gotten this opportunity to play the game I love at a place that has become my second home.