Hello from Boston College! It’s hard to believe that it is almost October and still 75 degrees out – certainly not ideal conditions for any hockey player. Classes and practices are in full swing, and it’s good to be back in Beantown. The scary part is that I am a senior now. It truly feels like yesterday that I was moving into my freshman dorm at BC. But, I finally have my room all set up, and am excited about my dorm because there are 14 women’s hockey players living in the same building.
A lot of seniors choose to take only four classes per semester, having fulfilled the majority of their graduation requirements by now. In a moment of academic ambition last year, I decided to add a minor in General Education (to my English major) so I will be taking a full course load this year. But, at least I know that I am getting the most out of my education, which is the most important thing at the end of the day. The five classes I’m taking this semester are: Business Writing (perfect for learning how to write a resume for the real world), Rags and Riches (18th Century British Literature… it was a requirement for my major), Child Growth and Development (pretty self-explanatory), Sociology of Education (a requirement for my minor), and Human Setbacks: Unexpected Grace (a theology elective, and my favorite class so far!).
As far as hockey goes, we have made it through the stressful weeks of off-ice testing and are now back to our daily routine. We have team lift 2-3 times a week and regular on-ice practices. Because we are still in pre-season mode, the workouts tend to be a little longer and more grueling, but it gives us a chance to bond as a team. I have found that the most successful teams that I have been on are the ones that support each other both on and off the ice, and we’ve been working hard to get to know each other and gel as a team. One of the team building activities we had was a Laser Tag outing, including our coaches. Although it was SUPPOSED to be a surprise (sorry, Court), somehow everyone on the team showed up wearing black, non-glow-in-the-dark outfits… probably not a coincidence. When we got there we had almost as much fun picking our code names, as we did playing the actual game. My personal favorite code names were RonBurgundy?, NotaGinger, RussDerosa (or strength/conditioning coach), and Killshot. We played three rounds and the big winners were Dru Burns (as Charlie Conway), Blake Bolden (as Diva Queen), and Megan Shea (as Jack Bauer). We had a blast playing against each other, and I think we had more fun than the birthday parties that were going on at the same time!
I can’t forget to mention that we had our first scrimmage! We played McGill University at Providence College this past Sunday (because our ice has not been put down yet), and came away with a 5-1 victory against a quick, disciplined opponent. Having a scrimmage before the season starts is helpful because it gives the freshmen their first taste of college hockey action, and as a team, we are able to try new things, and figure out what we need to work on before regular season action begins. I’m happy to say that our team is coming together nicely, and we are eager to show what we can do this year!
Well, I need to go do homework (aka watch Glee and the Red Sox) – talk to you all next month!