It’s been a while that I’ve given you an update on how things are going in my new and exciting college life right now, but I guess that just shows how busy it actually is.
If you’d asked me a couple years ago what I think about going overseas to play Division I college hockey I would’ve told you that this would be my absolute dream and I will never be able to do that because it’s so hard to do it. I never completely turned away from that idea though; it always kind of stayed in the back of my mind and my main aim. Even after I had committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato last winter it still seemed so far away for me and like a dream.
In August it was finally living my dream, finally starting my first year of University in the USA, finally starting my first season as a proud Maverick.
Everything was just like you would imagine college life: great teammates and friends, hockey, fun, party and of course lots of school work and killing workouts and practices to push you over your limits. The last couple of months were probably some of the hardest and most exhausting I’ve ever had in my life, but at the same time, if somebody asked me, I would do it again in a second. And luckily I still have 3 more years to do it. I had a great season, thanks to the best team I could ask for on earth. It wasn’t easy for me sometimes, being so far away from home and being the only “foreigner”, but I never felt left out.
Still I sometimes just sit there and think about it .. what are the chances for me as a hockey player from Germany between thousands of thousands of female hockey players from the USA and Canada to be able to play Division I hockey. I am so blessed with all the people around me that helped me on my way. Without them I would not have been able to be where I am right now!
This now goes out to everyone that is in the same position I was in a couple of years ago: IT IS POSSIBLE! And all the hard work and sweat and sometimes misery is really worth it. I know it sucks sometimes to be in the gym or run all those sprints in the summer when all you’re friends are on vacation somewhere warm on the beach, but in the end – and now I can actually speak from my own experience- every drop of sweat is worth it!
I am absolutely living my dream right now, and if you are determined and you know that this is what you actually want to do, follow your path and don’t listen to other people that say you can’t (because believe me those people will appear somewhere along your way eventually)!
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!”
Have a great Sping Break everyone!!