I can’t believe my first year of college is almost over. Since it flew by so fast, it’s kind of a blur.
In order to remember everything that happened, I looked back at my Snapchat memories. I discovered that most of my freshman year was spent eating food (Popeye’s, Panda Express, and Buffalo Wild Wings, mainly) and attending or working at sporting events, which doesn’t really come as a surprise to me.
Moving away from home and saying goodbye to my parents was sad, but it made me feel grown-ish. I was finally going to experience life on my own. It was also fun getting to know my roommate.
Filming football practices and games
I absolutely love my job. I filmed games for my high school’s football team, but I never imagined I’d have the opportunity at the college level. I was a little nervous at first, but I’m glad I didn’t back out. It’s been an incredible experience so far, and I’m happy I get to work with this team for a couple more years.
Rushing the field after the football team upset Ohio State
I don’t remember for sure, but this might have been the first game I filmed. Fortunately, I only filmed the second quarter, so I got to be on the field for the amazing second half. Rushing the field is something I really wanted to do, so I’m glad I was able to during my first year.
Volunteering at athletic events
For my Sport and Recreation Management major, we have to complete nine semester hours of field experience. During second semester, I participated in the Fans First practicum, which involves customer service at athletic events. I volunteered at men’s and women’s basketball games, wrestling meets, track and field meets, and baseball games.
Binge-watching all of the MCU movies
My roommate introduced me to the Marvel Cinematic Universe during second semester when I told her I wanted to see Black Panther. It’s safe to say I became obsessed. We went to see Black Panther on February 20th, and then we went to see Infinity War on April 26th (opening night). I’m still in shock from the ending of Infinity War.
Field trip to Minneapolis
The Sport and Recreation Management major provides its students with an insane amount of opportunities, including traveling to different cities to network with industry professionals. During the month of February, I went on a field trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota and had the chance to tour U.S. Bank Stadium, Mayo Clinic Square, and the National Sports Center, as well as ask questions during Q&A panels with executives from the Vikings’ and Timberwolves’ organizations.
Spring break trip to Columbus
The University of Iowa offers an alternative spring break program where students can travel to different U.S. cities during spring break to volunteer with a team. During spring break, I went to Columbus, Ohio to volunteer with organizations centered around juvenile justice.
Thank you for reading! That’s it for this school year! Feel free to follow me on social media. Go Hawks!
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