I Play Hockey Now? #Debatable

I sit here writing this blog post while watching the 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men, an ESPN documentary about the US National Hockey team and their “miracle” win again the USSR. Anyways, if you didn’t already know, after reading this title you know that I have started playing ice hockey!

My first two years in college I rowed for a D1 collegiate program. After my second year both me and my coaches recognized that I was never going to be competitive enough in the sport, so I stopped rowing(well thats a simplified explanation.) This left me without an organized sport for the first time in 10 years. For my first semester of 3rd year I told myself that I wanted to give my body a break and experience what is is like to not have so much of my life dedicated to a sport. Welp, that lasted about half a semester before I made the spontaneous decision to start playing ice hockey.

I came across and ad looking for women hockey players with the words “no experience needed” and I quickly jumped on the idea. Quickly may even be an understatement. Within a 15 minute car ride I had read the ad, emailed the captain on the team, gotten a response from her, decided I was going to play, and texted my mom to inform her of my new sport.

My first practice I attended was v interesting. First lets talk about the equipment. I got to the rink and the captain hands me a bag the size that 2-3 toddlers could fit inside of. I head to the locker room and everyone is starting to get dressed (a 10 minute endeavor) and I am just sitting there looking at the one other new girl like..tumblr_mwgtmgvZO41qln4e1o1_500

Eventually one of the girls tells us step by step how to put all the gear on. I make it onto the ice and warm up before the coach calls us in a huddle to go over the drills we are doing next. I’m listening to him talk and explain the drill but i’m like whaaaaaaaat? tumblr_msszwrMEGs1sgl0ajo1_500

Each week after the first is better and better. My improvement is noticeable and I really start to enjoy the sport. In a way hockey is a lot like my first sport of basketball, and it really started to fulfill a void that rowing could just not do.

So after my 4th practice comes my first game. We traveled to Philadelphia for a hockey tournament and suddenly I was thrown into a hockey game with girls who have been playing their entire life. I was informed of what off-sides meant and icing before being sent off to play (those concepts are still a little hairy.)

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We won the first game 9-2 and I actually did way better than expected. The games allowed for me to better understand how positioning works which was helpful. I recognize that the actually hockey skill will come with time, but understanding the game itself is big.

The rest of the tournament did not go in our favor but our last game was a pretty good game and we only lost by one. Playing in this tournament really showed me that hockey and this team is exactly what I was looking for. I’m really excited for the rest of the season and i’m looking forward to making a lot of improvements!

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P.S: I don’t know how to stop

P.S.S: My inner thighs are bruised from climbing over the boards

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My Thoughts on Becoming a Teacher

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 5.20.39 PMI came into my major with a very clear plan of what I wanted to do. At that time, I thought I wanted to run an athletic non-profit for underprivileged kids. The more classes I took and the more informed I became, it just seemed as if I would not be working to address the root problems society deals with. This same reasoning is also why I decided the summer before my freshmen year that becoming an orthopedic surgeon would not evoke the change I was looking to make. The demographic I want to work with since starting this major has not changed, but my service has.

Over the past year I feel like there has been little hints that maybe I should go into reaching. I kept suppressing that idea because I am not currently on a track to graduate with that degree. Well, this year especially the idea became stronger and the Teach for America option came up. I think TFA in theory sounds great, but knowing what I know about the effectiveness of qualified teachers I have a hard time putting myself in a situation that could negatively impact the future of a young student, due to my lack of experience. So then came the idea of going back to school to get certified to teach. I was informed that it might be necessary to have a Bachelors of sciences for these programs..with my first major I’ll be getting a Bachelors of Arts #problem. So I did the only logical thing, I decided that in my 3rd year of college I would double major. Awesome.

One week after deciding I was going to double major, I attended the Career Fair here at school. Usually I don’t go to these as many of the job opportunities don’t apply to me. Well, this time I went, and I talked to one person: the rep from Urban Teachers. You can read more about it here, but I was hooked from the beginning. To me, it sounded like a better version of TFA. I talked to the rep for a solid 20 minutes and she advised me to apply early because as a junior I have the option to defer for a year.

Actually she told me I should apply by the November 9th deadline, but that was way too soon and I needed to think about it some more. But after talking to my mom and some close friends I really think this is the option I am going to pursue. I also chose to wait until the next deadline because I want this semesters grades on my transcript #HopingForA4.0

So yeah guys, thats my life right now. The idea of having a classroom and teaching the babies makes me so happy and I am excited to see how this all turns out.

Its not me, It’s Him

Hey friends! So, I had planned to drop a new post I have been working on, entitled: “My Thoughts on Becoming a Teacher” (check back later this week) but then I went to a Christian ministry service here on Grounds and it gave me some time to reflect. In the service tonight we were asked to reflect on some ways God has been faithful in our life? Immediately, I thought about school.

Many of my prayers for the past 5-7years have been surrounded around doing well in school and getting into school (wahoowa!), in order to set myself up for my future goals (grad school? a job? both? see next blog post!) As of right now, I feel I am in a really good space academically, and for a while there I was giving myself all the credit. People ask me, “Alysse, how do you balance all your clubs, meetings, schoolwork, (sleep maybe) and keep such a positive attitude?!” My response would usually be, “well it’s all about planning, being organized and efficient with your time” and then I would probably go off on a tangent about how important planners are.

But I was wrong. Jesus is the reason I am able to balance everything so well. Its not me, its Him. 

I lean on Jesus in my moments of stress. I draw strength from Him. I know I can call on His name and He will be there. I would not be where I am today without the grace of God, and I need to do a better job of giving Him that glory. So next time someone asks me how I handle it all, Jesus will get the credit first, then my planner.