“You sure you want to be this far from home. Basketball will take up a lot of your time. I just want you to have the best college experience out there.”
This is what my dad would always tell me when I was making my decision on what college I wanted to attend. I had a lot of options and knew that I wanted to play basketball no matter where I went.
I chose UW-Whitewater for many reasons, but the main one was because of my passion for basketball. I knew I wanted to continue playing once high school was over and my dad told me that going to Whitewater, I would be playing for a winning coach in a winning program.
There were challenges day in and day out of basketball practices and games. For the four years I was able to be a part of another family, my basketball family, I knew I made the right choice to come to Whitewater.
As basketball went on, I had other choices to make though, like what was I going to do after basketball, after college, was over? What was I going to major in? Do I get a job on campus? How am I going to make this all fit into my schedule?
Needless to say, stress became the best friend I didn’t want. That is when I found journalism, specifically broadcast journalism.
I met a professor in my time at Whitewater, Jim Mead, and he thought UWWTV would be a great fit for my bubbly, outgoing personality. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to hear something so encouraging from a professor.
I wanted to be the next Erin Andrews. All things sports and being sideline of the games was my dream job.
So I started to spend time, when I could in the T.V. station. I floor directed, I was a cameraperson, I was even in front of the camera doing the news. I had the greatest time in the T.V. station and I also got to meet some great people in the process.
Broadcast journalism was great, but I felt I wanted some other knowledge base, might as well while I’m in college now. I picked up a marketing minor and learned a new side to business I felt would be necessary for me to know as I move on in my life.
Now, a broadcast basketball playing marketer, I am a senior and my time in Whitewater is coming to an end. I tend to take these last couple weeks of my college career to reflect back to all the fun times, hard challenges, amazing friends that I got to experience in my time here.
My experiences at Whitewater were 100 times more amazing than I expected them to be. I have not only basketball to talk about for the rest of my life, but I have a whole new family of friends too. No one can take back any of the great times I spent at Whitewater. From two final four experiences, being on UWWTV news team, and all the relationships I made with so many people at UW-Whitewater, this has been the time of my life.
I have done a lot of growing as a person in my time at UW-Whitewater as well. I have learned, specifically, great time management and organizational skills. From all my classes I have learned many different marketing and communications characteristics that are going to carry me into my career.
My career will, hopefully, be working for an admissions office at a university or college. With that there are many important skills I have learned that will help me on my path to success.
Even though there are very important skills that I have learned in the classroom, I think the most important lesson I have learned overall at UW-Whitewater is to never give up.
I went through a lot of ups and downs being on the basketball team. I’ve been through a lot of changes when finding a job on campus and seeing whom I could and couldn’t work with. Even studying for classes seemed impossible some days, but I knew that I couldn’t give up if I wanted to be successful.
So there are many lessons I have learned at Whitewater, but never giving up is one that will stick with me forever and throughout any other adverse situations I go through.
If I were to go back to when I was a senior in high school and choosing the path I wanted to take for my education, I would pick UW-Whitewater every time. This has become my home away from home and I want everyone who chooses Whitewater to have the same feeling I did.