My name is Stephanie Pascal and I am a goalie on the Queen’s University women’s hockey team. I am in my fifth year and studying Chemical Engineering. This year, I will be writing monthly about some of the adventures of being on the hockey team at Queen’s.
September is a busy and exciting month as a student-athlete. Typically, our team first comes together in the week following move-in day. However, this year our team had a weekend retreat in August where we got to spend the whole weekend together and welcome the rookies to our family. During this weekend, we took part in a lot of team bonding games and got to know our seven new teammates. Once the weekend was complete, everyone had two weeks left of summer before we officially came back to Kingston.
Once we arrived back to Kingston, we first helped the new rookies move in to their respective residences. Those of us who had already returned to campus got to meet the rookie’s families and help carry their belongings to their new rooms. During the following week, we held a lot of team meetings, had several workouts and had our first practice. Outside of these scheduled events, we spent even more time together by hosting team potlucks and watching other Queen’s sports teams play.
Once classes began, everybody’s schedules got a little more hectic as they started to get organized for another semester. Despite this, our team continued to find ways spend time together. We often study together at the libraries, cook meals or watch tv shows after practices. One of the most exciting activities we recently got to do is go Treetop Trekking as a team. During this activity, we encouraged each other through a variety of obstacles and two girls from our team even made it through the expert level course. Tomorrow, we play our first exhibition game vs. Montreal in Kingston before heading to Montreal the following weekend for a series of games.