I write this for you as I take one of my few library breaks. Unfortunately, hockey-wise not too much has happened since my last post. March is the time of the month where you want to go out and enjoy university life as much as possible, but you also realize that finals aren’t too far away. It’s a time to enjoy and relax before summer training begins again. And for the past few weeks, it has been strictly library time!
Throughout March we held regular on-ice scrimmages with the team and some members of the men’s team and the football team. These gathering are a fun time to play other positions, with different people and to just let loose. I tried goalie for the first time in over 10 years during one of these games and it was actually a lot of fun. I couldn’t believe how sore my legs were the day after, so props to all you goalies out there! Slowly, the scrimmages dwindled down and study groups began forming instead.
Before the intense exam cramming began, we got all dressed up and headed out to the Concordia Athletics Banquet in downtown Montreal. It was such a nice ceremony, with women’s hockey players picking up a few awards. For 19 of the past 20 years, the fittest female Stinger has been a women’s hockey player. We also honoured our MVP and Rookie of the year! After the banquet, we mixed and mingled during cocktail hour and dinner. The best part of the evening was watching the videos and reliving the memories from the past year. Anyone who was at the banquet will agree with me: you always knew where to find the women’s hockey team during the ceremony and movie because we were the loudest cheering section of all the teams! It was also really nice to see people who are normally walking around the athletics complex in shorts and sweatpants, all dressed and done up in dresses and ties.
After the banquet, life began to revolve around the library and library study groups. I hate studying alone, so I’m fortunate enough to have teammates who are as studious as I and who have taken over one of the study rooms at the Loyola Vanier Library. We have mastered the art of booking the room for long durations and we all bring different snacks and have a nice buffet to keep us going throughout the day. If studying could be fun and enjoyable, that’s what it would look like. We have a good support system because when we need to work, we can push each other and when we need a few minutes to relax, we have someone to talk to and to watch our stuff if we go outside to clear our head.
Fortunately for me, exams are done on the 27th and I can begin my summer vacation. I am looking forward to seeing Bon Jovi in concert (for the third time ? ) and going to London, England in May. Thankfully there will also be 3 on 3 hockey every weekend and I also play softball during the summer. It’s going to be a busy summer, but I am very much looking forward to the freedom from school work.
Wishing everyone safe travels home if you go to school away from home and a fantastic summer!
With Stinger Pride,