As we all know, Senior year is full of lasts: the last first day of school, last Holy Bowl, last Homecoming, last Sadies dance, and last prom. However, for some seniors, this year has had a lot of firsts. Knowing it is their last year as a high school student, some seniors use this year […]
As we all know, Senior year is full of lasts: the last first day of school, last Holy Bowl, last Homecoming, last Sadies dance, and last prom. However, for some seniors, this year has had a lot of firsts. Knowing it is their last year as a high school student, some seniors use this year as a time to expand their horizons and try something that they have never done before as a last attempt to create some meaningful high school memories or simply challenge themselves.
While it may seem like an easy decision to just go out and try a new sport, high school sports, especially sports at CB, are competitive. Many high school athletes have been playing these sports for a majority of their lives and have become quite good at them. Some even have the hopes of one day playing these sports in college and their high school team is just a stepping stone to achieving their goals. This being said, it can be extremely difficult to start a new sport during senior year because not only is it difficult to make the team, but it can also be really intimidating trying out a sport for the first time in the midst of somewhat professionals.
However, this does not scare Lizzie Blake (‘20), who decided to try out dive after years of doing track and field.
“I was kind of bored with track and field since I had been doing it since elementary school. Also, dive always seemed super fun to me,” she shared.
For Emma Wood (‘20), who is trying track for the first time, her motivation towards trying a new sport was the opportunity to be recognized in a senior night.
“I wanted to try a new sport senior year because I wanted to experience a senior night,” Emma says. “I had heard a lot of good things about track and a lot of my friends are doing it.”
As spring sports begin and these seniors try to master their new extracurriculars, some of these seniors have a hard time trying to get the hang of the sport. Marissa Adolphson (‘20) has decided to try something completely out of her comfort zone as her friends have encouraged her to join the swim team with them. So far, it has not been the easiest task.
“For me, it has been difficult. I have never been on a swim team,” she says “I’ve only learned the basics [of swimming] when I was younger. I also haven’t played a sport in a while so it’s been a slow start getting back into the swing of things.”
While it may be difficult in the beginning, these new challenges are nothing these seniors cannot handle.
“Track is definitely a lot more conditioning than I thought it was going to be, but it hasn’t been that difficult for me to learn because I like to run when I go to the gym,” Emma says.
Trying something new and really pushing yourself to do something you’ve never done before can be extremely intimidating. While starting something new can be exciting, it can also be nerve wrecking as well, as there are many uncertainties about the future and what the experience can hold.
“I was kind of nervous to start, but it seems really cool because of the people and the exciting nature of the sport,” Lizzie shared.
“I was more excited than nervous when I started track. I was excited to be doing it with my friends and knew that they would be there to help me along the way if I needed help at all,” Emma adds. “The only part I am nervous about is the meets because I’m not used to doing those yet.”
Regardless of how the experience goes, there is always something to be learned.
“I have learned some diving techniques and also I learned that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone,” Lizzie says.
Just like Lizzie, Marissa has also embraced stepping out of her element and is set on trying to make her experience a positive one.
“I think I’ve learned to make the best of this new opportunity and I hope for the best trying this new sport,” Marissa states.