By Bethany Alexander
GIC Competition Blogger
Bryant University Open Collegiate Team
Senior year was officially over. With diploma in hand and college in sight, a perfect summer lay ahead–spending time with hometown friends, working to save money for school, shopping for my first dorm room, and of course, skating. As excited as I was for college, my fall schedule looked blank. I had a course schedule and a housing assignment, but I had many lingering questions. Who will I befriend? How much homework will I have? What will weekends be like? And most importantly, will I have time to skate?
Entering freshman year I decided to take a break from skating. I thought I was getting old, or maybe I was a little bored with the sport. But after a few weeks of living the normal freshman life of sleep, class, snacks, homework, and more homework, I decided I needed skating back in my life.
I stumbled across the Bryant University open collegiate team that practiced at my home rink and decided to give it a shot. I had never been a synchronized skater before, but I knew about it from watching over the years. After one practice I was hooked. I loved everything about it.
While competing with a team I didn’t experience the pressure and nerves I did when competing solo. Having 12 girls by my side made skating so much fun, as well as my entire college experience. I enjoyed spending time with teammates outside of practice and looked forward to seeing a teammate’s friendly smile from across campus.
Joining the Bryant University synchro team rekindled my love for skating and began my addiction to the sport. From here on out I have no intentions of stopping, and I plan to skate on adult and masters teams in the future!