Lauren '17 enjoyed life at Peddie right from day one, but she was most excited for spring lacrosse season. Then life threw her a curve ball, and she ended the year with an even deeper appreciation for what it means to be part of a team.
The summer before my freshman year I was beyond excited for all of the new experiences and opportunities that would await me at Peddie. Fall term was amazing, meeting new people, getting to know all the girls in the dorm, Blair Day and the tangible energy and pride on campus, and spending time with all my friends and getting adjusted to life on campus was a blast. I knew I was making memories that would last forever. By winter term, campus was comfortable and I knew I had found the place where I belonged. I got closer and closer to the people around me and we all made it through the seemingly unending winter months with flying colors. However, I was beyond ecstatic for spring term, because the approach of March could only mean one thing-lacrosse season.
I spent those dreary winter months after school in the athletic center, working out with some friends who would also be alongside me on the field come March. We would shoot around with each other, play wall ball, and train - none of us could wait for the spring to roll around. When it finally did, I was a little nervous for how it would be playing for new coaches and what it would be like getting to know new girls both on and off the field. Preseason came around the second week of March and, even though it certainly didn’t feel like spring break, I was doing the thing I loved the most and was able to get to know all the other girls on the team. I was a little nervous since I had never played with girls so much older than I was and with so much more experience and skill, and I wasn’t sure how easily all the freshman would fit in. I had absolutely no reason to worry though. We all had a fantastic time and I’ll never forget what it was like to be part of a team that had so much fun together. During that one week, and then later throughout the season, I bonded with girls and made memories that I will keep forever. Once school started back up after spring break, I was so ready to start the season, having lacrosse be a major portion of my daily life for the next three months. A week or so into March, however, everything changed.
In the middle of March I fell in practice and ended up fracturing my ankle. Out of all the things I knew I was ready for, all of the conditioning practices and lost games, passes dropped and shots missed, this was one blow I did not see coming. The next few weeks would have been unbearable if not for the support from my friends, teammates, and coaches. I felt like my season had been ripped right out of my hands, but I wasn’t ready to give it up that easily. Every day after class, while my team headed out to the field, I would stay inside, doing my rehab exercises and working out in other ways to try to stay in shape and get ready for when I could get back out onto the field. I was there on the sidelines at the end of every practice and for every game, cheering on my team just like I knew they were rooting for me. By the end of the season I had a stack of little notes from them all, brimming with encouraging words and well wishes.
Six weeks later, I was back out on the field with them, wearing that Peddie uniform with pride! My spring term at Peddie I learned a lot more than lessons taught in a classroom. I learned what it meant to be a part of a team, how to overcome obstacles that life throws in your path, and just how important hard work and dedication are. Ala Viva!