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Senior Reflection: Softball's Katie Gademsky

Senior Reflection: Softball's Katie Gademsky

Trying to put a pen to paper to start describing the past four years is anything but easy. Babson has given me lifelong friends, a place to call home away from home, and most importantly a team that has become a second family. I remember on my first day of college I sat in coach Dave's office and he told me to make sure I cherish every moment of college as it will be the fastest four years of my life. Little did I know he was right.

Throughout the years, coach has taught me to treat these games as learning experiences, not as wins or losses. The score of each game didn't matter, it was what we got out of every precious moment on that field. This was time that I wouldn't trade the world for. I want to use my reflection to not only thank the people who have come into my life, but to look back at the memories that have shaped me into the woman who will be soon saying farewell to this chapter in my life.

Being a part of Babson softball has taught me to value of hard work, dedication, and resilience. Coming into my freshman year, my excitement was at an all-time high to be able to play softball with new teammates in a new environment. I was that freshman that came out every day and wanted to get better and be on the dirt, but not too soon after that first practice I saw my season come to an end.  I ended up having to get ulnar nerve surgery which left me with a recovery timeline of nine months, taking me out for the whole season.

This wasn't the start of a college career that I had hoped for, but I truly believe it had a positive effect on the next four years. I found a new meaning for hard work and dedication, yearning to get back on that field as soon as possible. But that took time and finding a new role on this team was what I needed to do. We ended up winning a NEWMAC championship, a regional championship, and made a run in the super regional round that year. Though I was not playing, I made every effort to support my team, just as they did through my recovery.

It wasn't the wins and losses that I remember, it was every practice, game, team bonding, and the constant support from my teammates and coaches that kept me going. From that first year, I knew Babson softball was something special. I cannot thank my teammates and coaches enough for the immense amount of love and support during one of the toughest times in my life.

To my seven classmates, I will forever thank coach for recruiting my lifelong best friends. We've been through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but we always come out together and for that I say thank you.

To my coaches, thank you for pushing me to be the best I could possibly be. I would have never been the person and player I am today without you all.

The unique thing about being a student-athlete here at Babson is that it doesn't define who you are.  I've had the opportunity to experience some of the coolest opportunities during my four years. Aside from traveling for spring training trips, Babson gave me the opportunity to travel to Tanzania, Africa, twice with the BELA program, once with a fellow teammate. This life changing experience opened my eyes to life way beyond softball.  Not only that, but I was able to spend this past winter traveling around India, soaking in the local culture and cuisine.  Babson opened the door for my love of traveling.  Babson gave me more than I could have ever expected in my four years, and for that I am so thankful for every moment I got to spend here.

The lessons I've learned and relationships I've gained from this sport are some I'll never forget. Softball has taught me how to be successful in life situations, but also to fail with grace and for that I'm a better person. I am thankful that softball led me to Babson to finish my career, because I couldn't have asked for a better four years. I can't forget what got me all the way here, T.R.A.I.T.S.