Finishing up First Semester

Posted By: T-John Casiello
Posted On: December 15th, 2016
Attending: Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Hi guys, I want to talk a little bit about the past two weeks. It is the second week of December and I am just about wrapping up the semester.

Basketball has been really good the past couple weeks. For college, we won our last game and currently sit at the top of the league at 3-0. I’ll talk about LYIT college basketball real quick. For those reading this back home, college basketball is very different here. It is more like intramural games than big sporting events. The national league team I play for, also called LYIT Donegal, is the high-level basketball out here. It is completely separate from college. Anyway, the college team hadn’t won a game in three years in the lowest division. Then, Jack and I arrived. They immediately bumped us up to the second highest division because we had two Americans. For the college team, Jack and I are allowed to play at the same time, something we can’t do in the National League. So you can imagine how much fun that is for us.

For National League, we are having our ups and downs. We are certainly getting much better. We are currently sitting right in the middle of the pack at .500. We made it to the National Cup Semifinals in Cork but lost a tough one. Then, we bounced back with a victory before Christmas break.

Coaching wise Jack and I are really beginning to turn it up with our 18U boy's team. They have the fundamentals down much better than when we first took over. We are beginning to throw more high-level material at them. I definitely am encouraged by the progress we are making. I am looking forward to seeing how much they’ve improved after the holidays.

Lastly, with school, it is definitely the time to grind. I have always been a person that gets my work and assignments done way before the deadlines. Therefore, I had most of my stuff wrapped up, or so I thought. I am sure most people can relate to the feeling of being so close to being done but yet so far. That is how it felt for me. I had most of the busy work done, but also had a ton of presentations and projects to submit.

Luckily I was ahead of the game and didn’t have to do any last minute cramming, I got everything submitted and I am ready to get home for the holidays!

Looking back it was an extremely busy semester! One step closer to getting my masters degree so it is all worth it!

In my next blog, I’ll talk about heading home for Christmas… stay tuned!

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