That was all it Took
As my final weeks as an undergrad at Sacred Heart University come to a close, I cannot help but reflect on my time here throughout the last four years. When I look back on everything that I have done, one specific quote by Marilyn Monroe comes to mind: “Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”
I should probably start by giving a little bit of history on myself: back in eighth grade, I was the fastest girl on my cross-country team and played travel soccer for my town. Halfway through the season, I started passing out while running and developed tendonitis in both knees. When it came time to try out for soccer in high school, I realized that it was probably not the best idea for me to play. That is when I discovered improv.
When it came time to look at colleges, I had developed such a love for improv that I had to continue it wherever I went. Sacred Heart did not have an improv program, but I was told I could start one.
That was all it took.
I was also actively involved in the band program at Sacred Heart and in February of my freshman year, I joined the crew team.
I was stretched pretty thin, but loved it all. I loved how the improv program was starting to take off. I loved playing with the band at the ice hockey games. I loved being on the water at 5:30 a.m. with my teammates, rowing on the Housatonic before most people even woke up.
All of this took a toll on my body and I wound up in the emergency room twice within forty-eight hours come April. I had an asthma attack during a practice for the MACC Championships. It would have been my first time rowing in a regatta. My chest tightened up, arm turned blue, and I lost all control of the right side of my body. Needless to say, I was no longer cleared to row.
In a sense, I thought things were falling apart. I could not row. I could not play my instrument. I could not run. But I could still do improv.
I devoted my extra curricular focus to improv and managed to grow the program even more. In just our third year we already put on more than six shows on campus, performed in other campus events, a Conn. improv competition, a show at UConn, and was lined up to perform in one of the nation’s biggest improv events- the Del Close Improv Marathon in New York City.
“Sometimes good things fall apart so that other things can fall together.”
I am very grateful for all of the opportunities I have had and would never trade any of the experiences or memories. As frustrating as the challenges I faced were, they made me realize my true passion- improv.
The improv program, my rowing, and my music skills would have simply stayed where they were if I kept up with everything. All of the problems that I faced (which I since have gotten under control) have helped me get better at what I love. It also helped me to share the gift of laughter with others.
Another major incident comes from an academic standpoint. I came to Sacred Heart and wanted to do media studies and get a math minor. However, some of the teachers convinced me to become a math major as well. I listened. I struggled and offered wondered why I was going through with it.
I stuck with it and am so thankful that I did. I was not sure my sophomore and junior years why I kept with math, but now as a senior, I realize that a career in Communications and Media Studies is not for me.
There is a lot to be learned from defeating big struggles and it can make you feel like you can do anything. Now, I am proud to call myself a math-nerd. I am in love with the math department and I have decided to become a secondary math teacher.
Looking back, Sacred Heart has given me so many wonderful and amazing opportunities. I have met so many incredible people and met some of my best friends here. I have traveled and helped others. I have helped create homes and built hope. I did things that I never thought I could do. When things don’t seem to go your way, be patient, it just might lead to something great.
If there is any advice I could give to others, it would be to seize every opportunity you can, but at the end of the day to just remember, “Sometimes good things fall apart so that others can fall together.”
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