entry #4

My digital story is going to include a large amount of pictures that I have taken during my first semester here at the U and a voice over recording.

I plan to cover the topics of:

-Being a football player in high school and what that taught me going into college.

-The transition process and how it is important to make the most out of all situations.

-How similar all freshman at the U are feeling about nervousness and discontent at some points.

Interview quote from a girl named Lexi Lanigan, another freshman that I have met: “My transition to the U has been a lot different than I expected it to be. Ive realized how important it is to reach out to people in classes, halls, and in the dorms. I’ve also realized that time management is very important and that we are all in this together.”

My story is going to be based off of how courage and inner strength has carried me through the hard times and how it will help me be the best student I can be here at the U of M.

Here is the beginning of my speech:

For as long as I can remember, I have tried my hardest to challenge myself. Throughout high school I took rigorous AP and CIS classes so that I could excel in the classroom. Throughout my first few years in high school, I decided to play multiple sports including soccer, hockey, rowing, and nordic skiing. Junior year was when I decided to test my limits. During the summer before junior year I decided to try out to be the kicker for the football team. Two weeks of grueling tryouts turned into a season that changed my life forever. Before I played football, I thought that I was strong both physically and mentally, but I never truly believed it. I showed up to practice every single day ready to work hard. Every single day was a challenge, my body hurt from tackling drills, my feet would hurt from kicking, and most days I questioned if I was good enough to be on the team. During that football season I realized that there weren’t any girls on the team that I could vent to about frustrations, I was the only one. I quickly learned that being the only girl on the team required both immense mental and physical strength. But although at the time I thought it was scary, it made me into the person I am today, and that is… strong.

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