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Kickin' It With The Women's Soccer Team (March 2, 2010)

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Many people think that being a college athlete is absolutely dreadful: waking up extremely early in the morning for practice, going here and there for team meetings, and running around like a chicken without a head because you are always too busy. Well, speaking as a freshman on the women's soccer team, I can disagree with that. Yes, being a college athlete at the Division I level is not easy, but the program here at St. John's makes things so much easier. Coming in as a freshman, I was extremely nervous and unaware of what really to expect, but once I got here I felt completely at ease. I had never been around such a great group of girls and coaches, and I was so happy to be a part of a program that was there for me too.

 

Once I got back from an early-season injury, there was nothing that could stop me from getting back to full strength. Our team worked hard all day, every day for the goal that we all dreamed of achieving: the NCAA Tournament.

By finding the fire within ourselves we were able to live up to our team motto: "When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." We were able to make it to the BIG EAST Semifinals, and for the first time ever, the NCAA Tournament. As a freshman, I felt so accomplished and proud. This past season was a tremendous victory not only for our seniors, but also for the rest of us. 

As we move along further on our journey this spring as a new team, we will certainly encounter struggles. However, I know that we will overcome them, and I know that we will be right back on that beautiful green pitch in November at the BIG EAST Championship and the NCAA Tournament. Hard work is not an issue for us because it is our middle name. I believe that each and every one of us defines what it means to be a successful player. Therefore, when speaking of my experience as a college athlete I can only say that it is amazing.

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden

-          Christina Chai Chang #3

 

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