Retrospection is quite difficult. In looking back on the past four years of my Babson soccer career, it's hard to express in words what the experience meant for me. What I do know, however, is that the people I've met and the relationships I've fostered along the way, have been more valuable and rewarding than anything I have ever experienced prior. Our fearless leader, coach Jon Anderson, constantly reminds us that, at the end of the day, it's not the wins, the losses, the injuries, or the accolades that stick with you, it's the people that matter the most. In writing this reflection, I chose not to focus on the NEWMAC victories, the penalty shootouts, or the heartbreaking losses, because in the years to come it will be the relationships that endure.
The first day of preseason in August of 2016 seems like a lifetime ago. None of us knew each other, and we were immediately thrown into an environment wildly different from anything we had ever experienced. These lasting friendships I have made in my time here are undoubtedly a product of the difficult situations we have been forced to face on a regular basis. Grueling practices, interpersonal conflict, and agonizing losses are just some of the hardships we have had to frequently confront as a team. In doing so, however, facing the adversity that a hyper-competitive environment entails has molded these relationships into something truly special. Hard times are inevitable when living with, playing with, and spending every waking hour of your day with your teammates and best friends, but we continue to do so because of the endless support and companionship that accompanies it.
In this regard, Babson soccer is truly a microcosm for life itself. We've won and lost, laughed and cried, and poured every ounce of passion we have into this program. As is with most things, you get out what you put in, and the physical and emotional challenges we experienced as a unit only paid dividends in the relationships fostered and triumphs celebrated. I would be remiss to say I am the same person I was walking into camp that day in 2016, and the physical, intellectual, and social growth I experienced as a member of the Babson soccer program will only benefit me in the years to come.
I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches, athletic training staff, classmates, and Babson Athletics for making this experience such a worthwhile one. Playing for Babson soccer has been the greatest pleasure of my life, and I am forever indebted to the program that made me the person I am today.