March 23, 2021
Look at every opportunity and trust your gut. Your instinct will take you far.
I grew up in Utah and played hockey. Crazy concept, I know. As you can imagine, there weren’t a lot of programs for girls in the area. Instead of my entire family moving to support my athletic goals, when I was 13 I moved to Fort Worth, Texas to live with a host family.
My host sister played on the same team as I did, and the family treated me like I was part of it and took care of me. My junior and senior year of highschool I went to a private school in Vermont and that’s when I fell in love with New England.
The 19U hockey team I played for was a travelling team, which afforded me the opportunity to see many college campuses. There were many I liked, but I fell in love with UNE.
The hard part of picking college for a lot of people is distance, but for me, I'd been away from home already so it wasn’t in the equation. I desired a quality education at a school with an athletics program.
On my discovery tour at UNE, our tour guide stopped in the middle of the tour and asked, “If you broke your leg and couldn’t play sports, could you still see yourself here with professors on this campus”? It stuck with me. A lot of athletes base their decisions on the history of the team they hope to play for and focus on the career. The tour guide helped me understand a different perspective. You never plan to get hurt, but it really made me think and I followed my gut instinct to make my decision.
I am in my senior year now. I played on the hockey team all four years, and am pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Coaching.
This past year we’ve all been faced with a lot of uncertainty and challenges. I think one of the most positive things that came out of it was the time I got to spend with my family. I’ve been away from home since I was 13. I got to spend my first birthday in years with my twin brother. I got to spend the holidays with my family and not have practices or games to worry about. I got to spend time at my Dad’s restaurant. I picked up shifts bussing tables and it was really nice to spend that time. His business is doing well, and I hope he can finish this next year strong for a post pandemic life.
“What’s next” is a question I get asked often, and honestly, I’m not sure what’s next. I think that’s okay. Right now, I am enjoying my internship with the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce networking. There’s a lot of opportunity to meet people and get connected to the community.
There is one thing I am certain of, and that’s putting down roots in Maine.