Strength comes in so many forms but when I was asked by Degree to share a story of personal strength. I started thinking about what I would talk about. And then it hit me, like a volleyball to the head. 🙂
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Ok so where were we. I went to a super small high school. Graduating class had a total of 98 or so. We played a different sport every season. Volleyball in fall, cheerleading in the winter and softball in the summer. I loved all of it but I really loved volleyball. I would have played it year round problem was, I wasn’t very good. Definitely not a stand out player by any stretch but it was my passion.
I had always told my mom I’d love to play in college but wasn’t sure I could. I mean colleges weren’t exactly beating down the door of a 5’3 girl from small town Illinois. I ended up going to a local college on an academic scholarship and walking on to the volleyball team. I was persistent and passionate and didn’t care that I was one of the few on the team without a scholarship for sports. I ended up getting quite a bit of playing time my freshman year and became the starting setter my sophomore year. Then it was time to test the waters.
My goal was ALWAYS to play for a D-1 school. My coaches helped me put a recruiting video together and we sent it out. To my surprise, I got responses back…and lots of them. My parents and I spent the next few months traveling to look at schools.
I’ll never forget one trip my dad took me on to see a little college in Wake Forest, IL. His driving in Chicago scared the crap out of me. The coach took us to this restaurant for lunch and I sat right behind Scottie Pippen. Small brush with fame. 🙂
Anyway, I digress…after many college visits, I loved and got an offer to play for a D-1 school in Kentucky.
I was so proud of how far I had made it since high school. All because I stopped worrying about what others thought and showed my true strength.
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