I’ve been thinking of things I might’ve liked to have with me. Not having them won’t be life or death for you but I digress. First in the list. More warm clothes and work out stuff. The clubs and school teams will have some jerseys and game stuff for you, but you obviously practice more than play games. If you sweat as much as I do you might want to leave that extra pair of socks because you don’t think they’ll fit next to you hats in your backpack. Also try and get water proof everything. Not a dig on Ireland (and SCL don’t worry I don’t need anything) but make sure your shoes don’t have a hole in the sole. It’s not fun to go on a cool hike and find out when you slip into a puddle.
Second in the list: a tool kit. Well more specifically, a screw driver. Now I know I could go get one at store easily, but I had a really nice one I got in college that does the thing where it doesn’t twist back and now it’s on a shelf in my room in Texas and there are pictures in my apartment screwed in that aren’t terrible, but still.
Third, and this is something you should really come with. Humility. In college you might’ve been in a spotlight and let me tell you, it’s brighter here. Kids, friends, coaches, Professor, everyone has a good idea about what you’re doing most of the time. So have fun, but be smart about what you do on and off the court. I don’t think any of you will be outrageously crazy but a reminder never hurts.
That’s it for the list of things to bring, but one last, quick note, look for opportunity while you’re over here. Make connections, explore your area, inspire someone, or makes a kids day. I guarantee the more you give, the more you’ll get.
Oh one last thing. A canteen (and hiking boots) and super useful. Okay, that is all.