As I returned back to campus this fall, I had one thing on my mind and that was winning a NEWMAC championship. I had high hopes for my team. We were veteran heavy and returning 13 players from the previous year, when we went 18-9 overall. My teammates and I all shared the same goals and knew getting to where we wanted to be was not going to be easy. Although my aspirations were not achieved, I still feel proud of what my team accomplished and what I was able to learn along the way.
I learned if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Through my experience at Babson, I learned the importance of team and what it takes it be a good teammate. I learned if we wanted to be successful we all needed to work hard, trust each other and play together.
I learned hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. Fortunately, throughout my collegiate career my teams fell on both sides of the spectrum. In the NEWMAC we were always ranked high, so we always had a target on our backs and knew that we were going to get every team's best effort. On the other hand, there were non-conference teams that took us lightly and we were able to upset some of them, simply because we outworked them. Regardless, if we were the underdog or ranked first in the league, I knew I always had to give my best. I learned there always will be people out there who are more talented than you, but there is no excuse for you not to give your all day in and day out.
I learned success is a journey, not a destination. When I entered my senior season, I was so focused on winning a championship, but looking back I realized that milestone does not measure the success my team had this year. Reflecting back on this season alone, we had a 15-game winning streak, took home our fourth consecutive regular season conference championship, won the first Judy Pearson '85 Memorial Tournament and overcame a lot of adversity.
I am forever grateful for all of these lessons learned and the people I have met along the way.
Thank you, Babson!