LATHAM, N.Y. – The seventh installment of this springs’ North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Student-Athlete Spotlight features Keuka softball student-athlete Colleen Mooney.
This year’s student-athlete spotlight has senior student-athletes from all 12 NEAC institutions writing a letter to their freshman selves.
Mooney reflects back, thinking about how college was initially scary and how her focus expanded beyond just softball. By the time she’ll enter her senior year, she’ll take a larger interest in her classes, switch majors after a full year of education and discover a career path within sports management. Additionally, she'll plan to attend graduate school.
She tells her yourself self that she would never imagine the things that she would accomplish on-and-off the field at Keuka College.
Her advice to herself is that it won’t an easy road, but it will yield the results that she needs. She’ll struggle with some classes and have some tough moments on the field, but it will only make her stronger in the end.
It will go by fast so cherish the time (even the 6 a.m. practices). Have no regrets because it will be the best times of your life!
Colleen’s full letter is below her video.
First thinking about college was scary. All you really thought about was softball, but let me tell you the next four years will go by in a blink of an eye. You no longer answer to Mooney, you will be known as Coll or Boots. Your reasoning for coming to college from only wanting to play softball will change to also enjoying classes, and your major, which should have been the main reason for coming to college. Not only did you find a place where you will grow, but also a place where you can make that dream of playing college softball happen. That little girl at age seven would never imagine the things you've accomplished on and off the field. I'm here to tell you that you've made it. With your last semester starting, you've applied to graduate school, playing your last season of softball, and enjoying every little thing before graduation hits. Here is some advice for the next four years.
It's not going to be all sunshine and rainbows, you will struggle with some classes and switch your major after a full year of education. But don't worry—your new major will be exactly what you want to do and can see a career in that field. Junior year will be the toughest on the field and you will have a few break downs, but that's okay. Everyone has a tough year, just get back in the gym, and work harder.
Listen to the seniors when they say it goes by in a blink of an eye
It really does go by super fast. The course work and the 6 a.m. practice can be rough, but it will all be worth it with the experience you make with your friends and teammates. By the time your last semester comes, you will be wishing you had another four years.
Play every game and practice like it’s your last.
These are the moments you'll want to go back to and look back on. The 6 a.m. practices aren't the best and seem like the drag on but these are the moments you'll want back. When game days come to an end, you'll look back and think about the game-winning plays, the laughs, all the times you ran over to cover first, and everything in between. These are the games will think about the most and wish you could play all over again.
Don't regret anything.
The next four years are going to be the best times of your life, in the moment there will be times you want to give up but don't. Prove people wrong and get after what you really want. Every aspect of the next four years will be a learning experience and make you the person you are today.
My last piece of advice is: don't look back. Have fun and don't stress too much, but enjoy everything that comes your way. The next four years will be the best time of your life.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.