Such a cliché title, but I couldn’t think of anything any better. Well, I’ve been in Seattle for 4.5 days now. I’ve worked for 3 of those days. These last 108 hours have been darn near perfect.
A little insight into what I’m doing with the Storm: whatever anyone else tells me to do. Sometimes it’s the not so glamorous stuff like laundry or folding towels, but then there’s the fun stuff…or what I define as fun. Passing and rebounding in practice, getting to use Synergy, filming scrimmages, and keeping stats. It’s been absolutely great. The environment is quite a bit different from what I am used to at UW-W, but not necessarily better or worse. There is a lot more emphasis on structure, roles, and responsibilities and there is definitely not as much idle chatter. I’ve already picked up several new drills and ideas that I hope to put to use on my own one day in the future, or share with someone else. One thing that I’ve noticed is that everyone associated with the Storm uses the same vocabulary, especially on the court. That’s something that I had always heard about and practiced to some degree, but it is very advanced here. It’s almost like coaches are speaking in code.
I can’t verbalize how much I have grown and learned over the two years I was fortunate enough to be at UW-Whitewater. I am a changed person because of my experience there, without a doubt. The staff and student-athletes at UWW are first class people. They welcomed me as a stranger into their family and accepted me for who I am. They accommodated me and made me feel welcome in their own home. I didn’t think I would really be upset about leaving Whitewater, but I definitely was. It was just hard to believe that it was time to move on. We accomplished so many amazing things these last two years and I know they will continue to accomplish even greater things in the future. I will never forget my experiences at Whitewater and all the people that I had the opportunity to work with during my time there. I hope they all know how thankful I am for them, what they have done for me, what they have taught me, and how they have changed my life.
**I will still finish my series on what I learned over my time at Whitewater. I have it all organized. It will just take some time.
Looking ahead over these next two weeks, I anticipate staying very busy up until May 20. The team leaves for their first road trip at that time, so I’m hoping to have a little time to explore the city.
Until then, I will continue to work and learn and grow and love every single day.