It’s been a while since my last entry, so I have a lot to talk about!
The three months of summer went by really fast; I had a great time at home. It was weird working out without my team, but now I can appreciate being part of a team again. Finland is just such a pretty country; I miss going on long runs in the forest or rowing on the lakes! Coming back to school was hard. I’ve lived on the other side of the world for 3 years already and now I finally miss home…? I have not been home for that long in 3 years, so it was really nice to be back at home again and I started getting used to it, and coming back was difficult. I got to St. Norbert early to attend Resident Assistant training for my new job. This year I’m a building manager of one of the international houses on campus, and I like it so far. I have a single room this year, which is a privilege since it is nice to have my own space. There are 15 of us living in the house, where 5 of us are hockey girls and we are from all over the world: Australia, Ecuador, Netherlands, Uganda, France, China, Finland, Denmark, Moldova, Serbia, and Canada. All the girls are pretty nice and I like our house.
Once school began, our captains practices started and we all got to meet the new freshman. I’m really impressed how great they are performing and it is exciting to have more competition among the team. We have been going on the ice three times a week, lifting three times a week and doing other stuff twice a week. I have a good feeling about our team this year; everyone has been working really hard so far and with a positive attitude. On Monday this week, we started captain’s boot camp, where we have morning workouts at 5:50am; we go for an about 45min – 1hour of conditioning, core and stretching. After classes we have practices normally and we still do our other workouts. It is pretty intense, but I think this is a great bonding time for our team. When we all help each other to push ourselves over the limits, it makes us a better team. Our “real” practices start on the 15th, which is this Saturday! I can’t wait for the season to start on the 30th and get going again.
October 2nd was a Girl’s Hockey Day all over the world. I know in Finland GHD programs were held in many towns and cities, and in fact GHD has been really successful in my home country by encouraging girls to play hockey. Most of our team went on the ice with a lot of young girls, some of them played hockey already but we also had about 20 new skaters! Our team and the girls had a great time together, playing games and having fun on the ice. All of us also introduced ourselves, where we were from, how long we have played hockey, etc. I hope it was exciting for the younger girls to hear that we are from so many different countries, and some of us did not start playing hockey until later and I hope that would encourage our future stars to start playing. We showed the girls our locker room and everything, and they were really excited. Hopefully we’ll see more girls at the rink from now on!
These next two weeks are going to be really busy, with school and boot camp but it will all be worth it. We are working really hard for two weeks and then we will go camping next weekend. The whole weekend we are going to do team bonding and plenty of fun stuff as a team, and I’m sure it will be a blast. We have had a great attitude and work ethic in all the workouts and everyone is working really hard. I cannot wait to start playing games! Well I think this is all for now, thanks for reading!
“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can that’s what makes all the difference in your life. “ -Rocky