Life Lately, Ohio Edition

Blogging coming at you from another hotel room, another city, another state! Thanks for bearing with me through my biannual finals week struggle and the subsequent drop-off-the-face-of-the-earth! But I’m back, and after I write a conclusion for my last paper the semester will  IS officially be over and I’ll only have two classes left for both my degrees…whaaaat?

Here’s the rundown on what’s been going on recently:

I surprised my family for (American) Thanksgiving…again.

Like junior year I flew home for the holiday without telling a soul but my mother. With other thanksgiving plans falling through and a flight credit to use it turned out to be an easy decision! My grandma thought I was my sister, my sister was most definitely surprised, and my Dad was completely speechless too! Showing up unannounced was a blast and I enjoyed a chill weekend at home (before getting delayed flying through Dallas Fort Worth, grrrr…every time!)

My Senior Meet was two weeks ago,

and emotions were at an all-time high. Not only did my mother come down to celebrate the weekend with me, my sister flew down and surprised me this time!! Turns out they had it planned forever, weeks before I decided to surprise her. The weekend was full of highs and lows, great dives and average dives, and just a lot of weird feelings about it being my Senior meet. I can’t believe it went by this fast (even though our Senior meet was pretty early in the year!) and it meant the world to me that my mother and sister could be there with me.

We beat Iowa State for the fifth year in a row

Yeeeeeeeeah Haaaaaaaaawks!!!!!

And well now I’m in Columbus, Ohio!

Took all my finals early, classic. I swear every second or third semester I’m out of town somehow and have to take all my finals in a day or two. Last week I had a paper due Thursday, paper due Friday, one exam Thursday, two exams Friday, and one paper due this upcoming Friday. Why I like torturing myself like that is beyond me!! Despite the literal hell that was last week with minimal mental breakdowns, I survived and headed to Ohio State for the USA Winter Senior National Championships!

I’m looking forward to a great week of training here in Columbus and a motivational kick in the butt before heading home for Christmas, and then coming back to Iowa for training camp! This year has been flying, I’m borderline uncomfortable with the rate that college will soon be over. That’s a lie I’m not borderline uncomfortable- the thought of life after college makes me want to cry because of how amazing these last four and a half years have been. Those will be blog posts for another day…

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Senior Weekend

Shout out to the Seniors, the class of 2014. This group of swimmers and divers are extra special to me, as they are the class I came in with. Due to long term goals, I took a red shirt year and will be graduating May 2015, but I still consider this group my people. We are the girls that all added each other on Facebook months and months before coming to Iowa. These are the girls that have competed together, trained together, ate slept lived and breathed with each other. This group of guys made us laugh and showed up leadership, and we’ve all cheered each other on for these past four years. Life long friends and connections were made here.

Emotions were at an all time high for me Friday night, at the Senior Meet. Big news though folks- I didn’t cry! Teared up a little perhaps, but no tears actually fell. I can’t imagine this all being over. I can’t imagine only having one year left (much less being done now) (even worse thinking I should have been done a year ago, taking a year off after high school). When you come in as a freshman and everyone tells you “It goes by faster than you think!” …LISTEN!! It’s like in the blink of an eye this team became my family, and we created memories that are going to last a LIFETIME. Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye don’t cry now shit you’re just blogging about it not leaving

Dive Hawks after the Senior Meet- will try to find a full team photo later :)

The rest of the weekend seems like such a blur! My boyfriends family came to practice to watch me dive for the first time, which was so nice of them! Practice was a blast, with the team having such great performances the night before. Saturday night plans included heading over to Cedar Falls to watch the UNI Panthers take on #4 Wichita State! Wichita State and Syracuse are the only teams left in the nation with undefeated seasons so far, but the Panthers led for decent portions of the game and the crowd atmosphere was a BLAST! It was my first UNI basketball game and I looooved it

This week is going to be crazy busy with homework and papers and blahhhcollegestuff but I’m hoping to get one or two posts in that I already have in mind! Goodnight!