Horns and Wheels up: On the road with Texas Soccer
Sept. 8, 2012
Coming to The University of Texas, I knew I had a standard I would be held to because the academics here are top-of-the-line. Starting my first week of school, I was mostly anxious and ready to just get a feel of college and how classes, and the rest of my academic life here, really worked.
The hardest part for me was figuring out where each class was! Texas is a huge campus and, unlike high school, I didn't have consecutive classes right down the hall from each other. Funny story - My very first day in my very first class, I found out (about 15 minutes in) that I was sitting in the complete wrong class. Haha... Don't worry, I worked it out.
Other than that minor mix-up, I really had a great first week. My professors are experts in their fields and I like how things are laid out for you and planned on a syllabus. It is going to take some time getting used to it since college is a whole other level of academics from high school. I know over time, and with a little help from tutors, I will figure out exactly how things work and how much of my time needs to be spent studying.
Leaving for Utah in the middle of the week of school was a bit overwhelming. What helped settle me down and comfort me the most was knowing all my professors are so understanding and willing to help. Being on the road while having school work to complete isn't the easiest task to accomplish, but it's great knowing I'm not alone.
I have a whole team that is going through the same thing. It is awesome being around people who want to work hard. That just helps me work even more. There were times this weekend when we were all in the lobby studying, reading or writing papers.
It was nice to have that working atmosphere and support from my teammates and coaches. I was so nervous to be constantly focused on soccer, but we have a great balance on the team of striving for success in academics and athletics.
On the field, being a new player to a team is always challenging. It's hard for me to pinpoint one specific individual goal because there are so many things I would love to happen for us as a team. I definitely feel like we have all bonded and are a close-knit group, which is so important to have.
Moving forward, I want to continue to grow with the team on the field. I hope we can continue to improve defensively. Right now, we are in a little bit of a slump. But we know we just need to keep pushing and working hard. Things will turn around if we continue to do that, so right now I'm just focused on putting in the work at my highest level.
I want to play every chance I get to the best of my ability. I want to constantly work and give 100 percent for these girls and this team because they deserve nothing less.