August 29th, 2013 | Uncategorized
The first week of practice went well. Definitely not picking up a basketball in a few weeks didn’t help with my conditioning, but we all get an individual strength and conditioning program after our fitness test. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone on the coaching staff to get back in shape and increase the strength in my knee. It will be one year this December, since I tore my PCL, MCL, and meniscus. Playing without my brace thus far has been the best thing for me because it forces me to play without any dependencies and strengthens my knee to endure more contact.
Enough about my crazy knee though, I finally got a chance to meet Katie and Maria (the ladies who work in the International Office). They are lovely and they told me about different clubs to join. Orientation is next week, so I will register for classes and really focus in on my schoolwork, my conditioning, and the community work once it starts. The international club also has access to the student run radio so don’t be surprised if you hear my voice on the 1s and 2s. The first meeting is September 6th.
It’s all about networking at this stage and getting to know people by pretty much throwing myself out there and seeing what works. I do have experience sports broadcasting though, so I won’t sound too silly (shout out to WNSB Hot 91.1). I would also like to write for the school newspaper, which I did at NSU (shout out to the Spartan Echo). Getting involved is really important to me in case you haven’t noticed.
I’m also suffering from a serious case of SWS. That stands for Scholar Withdrawal Syndrome. Most people affected are with the Sport Changes Life Program and side effects may vary. I see everyone exploring their surroundings and wish I could be there with them, but there is plenty to do in Limerick, once I find it. I’m really looking forward to classes starting. Our roommates are fabulous, one is form Dublin and the other is from Belgium and the campus is starting to come to life. UL is literally its own little town with multiple shops and pubs. This campus is really breathtaking and I wouldn’t have to leave for anything unless I wanted to. It seems like we are going to have a great year!