Dear 18-Year-Old Jade,
You have been raised to fight and persevere. You are prepared.
As you wander through Smith by yourself, the first thing you need to hear is this: every obstacle is an opportunity to learn something new. You can handle all the information being delivered and the completely new style of game than what you’ve been used to. You’re on a new court with new rules to follow. Registration, convocation, scouting reports, individuals, film...what?
When you get thrown right into the mix, do the best at what you know: relentless hustle and never letting your teammates down. Practices are going to drain your body and mind, so you can expect to make mistakes. Big ones and little ones. It’s going to take you a while to learn to get over the act of making the mistake. Instead, focus on the correction you need to make and visualize yourself doing the right thing. Keep in mind that nobody’s perfect.
Don’t be afraid of the scout, this is a tool to navigate the game and make life easier in crucial moments when you’re going one-on-one against the NEWMAC’s best guards. You’ve done it before and you’ll do it for as long as you’re on the floor. You’ve stopped players who went Division I, overseas, and a 19th pick in the WNBA draft. So hold your own and never back down from any match up. Fearless.