January 22nd, 2016 | Uncategorized
I remember coming home from my Davidson visit in the August of 2010, the summer before my senior year of high school. I had been offered a scholarship, met the coaches, and fell in love with the campus for the second time. I was lying on my sister’s bed when my mom asked about my thoughts on the school. I just started crying, lamenting, “But I’m going to be so far away from home!” Davidson was obviously the perfect fit for me, and I was excited about all the opportunities in store. I knew it was where I would go, but was still intimidated by its distance from New York.
I had a similar reaction when I found out I had received the Victory Scholarship. It was something I wanted so badly and that I knew was perfect for me. I was overcome with joy and excitement to have been chosen to undertake this journey. But still, tears came to my eyes and I cried to my mom, “But I won’t be here when the baby is born!”
My mom didn’t need to ask if I was saying yes to these opportunities – that was a given. And these ‘but’ statements weren’t reservations or expressions of possible doubts about my decisions, rather just acknowledgements of the difficulties that would come along with such tremendous journeys. Journeys that would take me far from home.
I hated being away for my nephew’s birth in October, but was so grateful to be able to meet and spend time with him at Christmas. He is such a smiley baby. I miss him and my niece every day, but am thankful for all the videos my sister sends me throughout the week. I feel lucky to be surrounded by so much love worth missing! And for all the support my loving family has given me in my years away from home.
Victory Scholar: Lillian McCabe
Present University: IT Carlow
US League: Atlantic 10
Club/Community Partner: ITC Basketball
Alma Mater: Davidson College
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