Today is also my 22nd birthday and being able to celebrate it yesterday in Hawaii surrounded by all my teammates and closest friends is by far the best gift I received. My birthday was a gentle reminder of my upcoming graduation, so being in Hawaii for spring break eased the anxiety of knowing I'll be missing Elon even more very soon.
I realize I'm already getting sentimental of our unforgettable trip and of this school. I cant help it - this experience encapsulated everything I love about Elon: engaging academics, intense athletics, and a close community of people coming together.
Over the course of our time in Hawaii, people would often call me the "mom" of the trip, seeing as I'm the only senior on the women's side of the team. As the "mom," it made me so happy to see many of my best friends bonding and setting the foundation for relationships that will last a lifetime. I know, I know - I'm getting sentimental again. But these relationships are what makes Elon great and unlike any other university. Hawaii was awesome on its own, but it just wouldn't be the same without the amazing people who came along.
As I close this blog series, I wanted to reiterate how grateful we were to go to Hawaii for our spring break trip. I know my words resonate throughout the entire team, so I would like to share them here:
Thank you to Elon University Athletics for encouraging global engagement for all sports teams. Thank you to Dave Blank, our Athletic Director, who ensured we'd have the best time possible. His wife and daughter, Leslie and Sami were an awesome addition to our trip. Thank you to Amanda Zamzes, from the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, who brought nothing but positive energy to our activities and Amanda Dunens, our athletic trainer and resident doctor who handled our spontaneous travel-illnesses flawlessly.