by Taylor Kennedy
In many ways, working with Get It Called has defined the latter half of my college career. I remember sitting in my favorite Dublin Starbucks during my semester abroad, scrolling though Facebook and seeing that Get It Called was hiring interns. I hesitated for a minute, thought “why not,” and then applied.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve learned and accomplished so much. I’ve written and edited articles, run social media channels, and implemented projects and ideas that I can add to my resume. These skills have prepared me well for job interviews. Interestingly, it’s been the things you can’t really quantify that have been the most meaningful. I’ve made new friends, developed new relationships, and reconnected with the synchro world. Most importantly though, I started competing again.
When I joined the DC Edge adult team for the 2015-16 season, I really thought it would be my last season competing. At the beginning of the season—the start of my senior year of college—I had plans to move to New York and work for a large PR firm following graduation. With this plan in mind, I approached the season with appreciation. I wanted to enjoy the opportunity I had been afforded and all the small moments that came with the return to competing.
This season was probably one of my favorites, and not just because of our National Championship. Through every practice, off-ice session and 12:10 am official practice, I began to realize how much I loved what I was doing. Sitting in the stands running Get It Called’s Snapchat during the senior long program at Nationals, I recognized how content I was doing exactly what I was doing and the environment I was in. I made a decision in that moment—although it took me several weeks to internalize that decision.
Senior year of college is terrifying. Really, it’s the first time in your life where the future is not outlined for you. When you receive your diploma in May you can literally do anything you want. For some, that’s an exhilarating idea, but for me, I can’t think of anything more petrifying. This entire semester, the job search has driven conversation amongst my friends. Like Hannah, I crave control. I believed for a long time that because my initial plan was to move to New York, that was the plan I needed to follow. When I announced I had shifted the focus of my job search from New York to DC, my friends were shocked. My explanation was simple—I can always move to New York, but I may not always be able to skate.
While I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by not skating the first three years of college, I don’t think I would be making the same decision to keep skating now if I had. Working with Get It Called and skating with DC Edge reminded me how much I love skating and how passionate I am about the synchro community and the advancement of this sport. I didn’t take anything for granted this season, thinking it would be my last, which allowed me to understand and appreciate how much I love what I’m doing.
I had a teacher in high school that repeatedly told me that everything happens for a reason. Every time she told me this, I would smile but kind of disregard it—it wasn’t until recently that I grasped how resoundingly true those words were.
Reconnecting with the skating world both through Get It Called and DC Edge showed me that it’s okay to let what you’re passionate about inform some of your biggest decisions. Yes, I still want to move to New York and work for an agency, but I’m not in any rush to do that. I’m so content doing what I’m doing right now that I know I wouldn’t be happy anywhere else—even at my dream job in New York.
Skating has enhanced so many areas of my life over the past year and a half and I’m not ready to give that up. While the next chapter of my life isn’t completely written, I know how lucky I am to have found something I’m passionate about and something to work towards.