Gymnastics – One of my Life’s Greatest Passions
I began gymnastics when I was 3 years old. It has been all I have ever known, my life's greatest passion for as long as I can remember. However, it wasn't always my biggest passion. The struggle of gaining strength, flexibility, and dedicating countless hours to gymnastics practice daily often made me question if being a gymnast was worth it. However, I am a person who faces a challenge head-on, motivated and determined to better myself to accomplish my goals. I stuck with gymnastics, from the age of 3 to 21. I just finished my collegiate gymnastics career at Bowling Green State University as a senior, and team captain who helped lead the team to NCAA Regionals for the first time in 25 years.
The Journey to BGSU
After my junior year of high school, I rigorously promoted myself and my gymnastics to countless Division I schools across the United States. In search of both a renowned school of art and a gymnastics team that fit my talents and values, I came across Bowling Green State University. The coaches were interested in offering me a position on the team, and I quickly learned that BGSU's offered a BFA in Graphic Design, the major I decided to pursue. I fell in love with the campus, the team, and the school of art when I visited Bowling Green my senior year of high school. I knew that Bowling Green was the school for me, and I couldn't wait to attend in the fall of 2012. I had an incredible senior year of club gymnastics, qualifying to USAG National Championships in Virginia Beach, VA and finished my club career on a thrilling and triumphant note, excited to attend BGSU as a Falcon gymnast.
The Ride of my Life
As a gymnast at Bowling Green, I experienced a whirlwind of emotions, obstacles, and triumphs. I thrived as a freshman gymnast, competing on bars, beam, and floor for the Falcons. I achieved my longtime goal of earning a full-ride athletic scholarship for my successful contributions to the team. After my freshman year, I discovered I have avascular necrosis in my capitate bone in my wrist. This major injury took me out my entire sophomore year, as I wore a splint on my wrist and withheld pressure applied to my wrist for the entire year. It was incredibly difficult to stand on the sidelines while my team competed, but the motivation and determination to come back to gymnastics stronger than ever was building inside of me. I was ready to do everything that it took to get back out on the competition floor.
Once I was able to put pressure on my wrist again, I went through the tough and journey of physical therapy and strength building in my wrist once again as I got my skills back. My junior year, I competed on both bars and beam for the entire competition season, still struggling with wrist pain but thriving in gymnastics. As junior year came to an end, I could not believe that I had only one more year as a Falcon gymnast, but I looked forward to being a senior captain on the team.
The Final Chapter
In the past year, I trained and competed in my last competitive gymnastics season ever. The entire ride was bittersweet - while my body was ready for me to be done with gymnastics (having withstood various series injuries throughout my career), my mind was taking it all in and enjoying every moment of the year. I scored my career high scores on both bars and beam, the two events that I contributed on every meet this past season.
I contributed to our team score that broke the previous school record at the senior meet, with my parents and friends in the stands cheering me on. I led the team as a captain to qualifying NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in 25 years, and ended my gymnastics career on an amazing note.