February 25th, 2016 | Uncategorized

There’s an iPhone app called Timehop. It syncs all of your social media accounts and photo albums and tells you exactly what you were posting on that day each previous year. I check it out every morning because I think it’s a cool idea to be able to see how much has changed in 5 years, 4 years, even 1 year. My high school self was complaining about studying, not knowing the work that was to come in college and after. Things that seemed so important years ago now seem so small. Memories that I will never forget are shown in vivid detail.

One of the memories that popped up in my Timehop the other day was my senior game one year ago. It was the last game I would play in the Taps Gallagher Center at Niagara University. The uncontrollable sobbing before the game probably didn’t help my performance in the game, but knowing that it was the last time I would play there pushed me through. We got the win and my family, teammates, and coaches made it one of the best days I’ve ever had. 
Before my family walked me out, I remember not being able to hold back my tears. My sister couldn’t understand why I was so emotional, and at the time I couldn’t quite put it into words. But looking back, I now know that it was because a whole chapter of my life was coming to a close. My college basketball career was coming to an end. I was graduating- leaving my teammates who became my best friends, my coaches who had invested their time and energy into me, my teachers who knew me by name. It was almost unbearable to think that everything was about to change, and that 4 years of hard work and growth (and amazing memories) seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye.
At that time, I didn’t know what the future held. It felt like all that I had worked for was now being taken away from me. But here I am, with the same best friends that I left with and still talk to every day, the same coaches that invested time in me checking in on me, the same memories that make me laugh at the thought of them. I am forever grateful that my experiences at Niagara enabled me to get where I am today and I will always have a little purple eagle in my heart. 

Victory Scholar: Meghan McGuinness

Present University: Trinity College Dublin

US League Partner: MAAC

Club/Community Partner: Meteors Ladies Basketball

Alma Mater: Niagara University

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland

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