Three years ago today, I was only three months in to my first season playing tennis for the Georgia Bulldogs. Today, I am the lone senior being honored this weekend at our last two regular season SEC matches. Wow, how time flies.
Freshman season, 2014
Senior season, 2017
I could sit here and write for hours about what I have learned throughout these very rewarding years playing Division I tennis for one of the top programs in the country. But more than anything, I have learned the irreplaceable value of teamwork and leadership.
Being a student-athlete at UGA has taught me numerous valuable life lessons that I have been able to apply now as well as take into my life after athletics. Before coming to college, tennis was an individual sport where I learned the value of hard work, persistence, and resilience. Through my athletic experience at UGA and because tennis became a team sport at the collegiate level, I have truly learned the significance of teamwork. I have teammates from many diverse cultures and backgrounds, and we all think differently. One of the most rewarding parts of teamwork and leadership has been bringing my teams together each year to buy into the common culture of excellence at UGA and within our tennis program. Buying into a common belief in the way we do things allows us to then reach for common goals such as a National Championship.
Because of my experience as an athlete at UGA, I am confident that in the business world I will be able to work well with many different types of people and lead them to make the right decisions. I am confident in my ability to solve problems and pull a group of people together to reach a benchmark or goal. The lessons I have had throughout the past few years provide me qualities that will be beneficial in all aspects of my future life. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a student-athlete at the University of Georgia. With Senior Day coming up this week, I have every reason to be grateful and every reason to reach out to others and lead them to take advantage of the opportunities and learning experiences I have been fortunate enough to have.
Another day in the history books for the Georgia’s Women’s Tennis Team. Thursday, April 6, 2017 we took our first private chartered plane flight as a team to Fayetteville, Arkansas. However, it was not the ideal beautiful day in Athens to be flying on a smaller-than-normal plane. For most, planes don’t generate much fear. But for many, they do. My head coach (seen standing third from the left, with myself fourth from the left) is one of those that does not particularly care for the turbulence during flights. With high wind speeds and a plethora of clouds to rise above, yesterday was quite the bumpy ride.
I was thoroughly entertained with my head coach sitting directly behind me as I would turn around to see him gripping the arm rest with an expression of concern on his face. Yet, it made me think more about this fear of flying or fear of turbulence during flights. Why do we have this fear when close to 100,000 flights take place each day around the world and the number of “successful flights” far surpasses the troubles or failures? My answer to this question: the media.
Unfortunately, the media is full of negative news. Why does the media concentrate on the bad things in life, rather than the good? It is not that these are the only things happening in the world. Just food for thought. I do not exactly have the answer for this, but I’d like to hear it if someone knows. I want to see more positivity in the news, in the world, in all of our lives. A good attitude is infectious. And as I always like to remind others, attitude will take you where skill and knowledge can’t take you.
Back to the positive news. It was a successful trip to Fayetteville as we took down a tough Arkansas team 4-0 Friday night. We jumped back on the plane this morning at 9:30am and were at the tennis complex in Missouri practicing by 11am. Pretty amazing how efficient and easy the private plane life is! We will take on the Missouri Tigers tomorrow, Sunday, afternoon at 1pm CT to conclude our last SEC road matches for the year. 3 regular season SEC matches left! We are ready to make the most of each! And as always, Go Dawgs!