Since this is my first blog post, I figured I should start with a little bit about myself. I am currently living in Ottawa and studying journalism and law at Carleton University. I’m hoping to get into law school in a few years and get my law degree (meaning I have many more years of school in my future, if all goes according to plan). I also play defence for Carleton’s women’s hockey team. I am originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and all of my family still live out East. I’ve been moving back and forth between Ontario and Nova Scotia since I was 14, as I left my family behind in 2008 to go to Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario (a boarding school, attended for grades 9 to 12).
The start of my third year at Carleton has been… pretty crazy! Journalism at Carleton has always had a reputation of being the ‘crazy busy, work your butt off’ program, and I didn’t fully believe that reputation until this year. Free time isn’t a concept that I am familiar with this anymore! I’m taking a full course load (five courses) and have registered to write the LSAT’s (Law School Admission Test) in December, which requires months of studying and a few day-long training courses. I am also working one or two days a week at the Journalism library on campus, cataloguing newspapers, sorting books, that sort of thing. I’ve always been the type of person that can handle being busy but this semester might be pushing it a bit!
In terms of hockey, this year is off to a good start so far. We started training camp/tryouts in the last week of August and have been going steady ever since. We practice five times a week and usually play one game a week, so our schedule can get pretty exhausting at times. Our first season game is on October 18 against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (our rivals) and we are all pretty excited for that. We also have a new coach this year, which has been going very well so far.
Personally, I feel that I have had a great start to the pre-season. I spent most of my summer working hockey camps at Carleton, which got me on the ice a few hours a day. We also trained five days a week (right after work), which could make for some long days. My past two seasons at Carleton have been made difficult by concussion and post-concussion issues and this is the first season that I really feel I have made progress with my health (concussion happened in November of my first year). I still deal with a few post-concussion symptoms, such as occasional dizziness, nausea and headaches (depending on what I’m doing), but its manageable now. I feel a lot stronger this year than I was last year. I feel my cardio and endurance is better and my upper and lower body strength has increased immensely compared to last year. I’m excited to see what this season will bring!
Thanksgiving weekend is almost here and I am rather sad to say that this is the first Thanksgiving in six years that I won’t be back home in Nova Scotia with my family. Makes me sad just thinking about it! Although I won’t get home for the weekend, I’ll still be getting a nice home-cooked meal with my boyfriend’s family in Burlington, which I am certainly looking forward to. My birthday is also coming up soon (on the 14th), so I’m sure there will be some yummy birthday cake this weekend too. It will be nice to get away from the school (and the library) for a weekend!
Well, that’s all for tonight, but I’m sure there will be plenty more to talk about in the next few weeks!