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Duke Field Hockey Blog #4 (September 13, 2011)
This weekend could be summed up with one word - shots. Against Wake Forest we fired 13, an impressive total against a ranked opponent. On Sunday, we launched an assault of 25 on Longwood, averaging a Duke shot about every three minutes of play. There was no shortage of opportunities to score in either game, and we were able to capitalize and come away with two victories on the weekend.
At Duke, it is not unusual for student athletes to enjoy a plethora of opportunities. We have a state of the art study hall facility equipped with brand new computers, private study rooms, and comfy chairs for reading (probably a little too comfortable after reading three chapters from an economics textbook). There are tutors available to student-athletes in any class. Advisors specific to our team are always eager to discuss classes and devise strategies for staying on top of work throughout the semester. These types of resources for student-athletes have become commonplace at many top athletic institutions, but there are so many opportunities that my teammates and myself are afforded which are truly unique to Duke.
Tara Jennings has been able to observe brain surgeries at Duke Hospital thanks to CAPE, a program designed specifically for pre-med students at Duke. Abby Hassinger worked with advisors to design her own curriculum and major that will help her achiever her personal goal of becoming a speech language pathologist. Micaela Paterson is an active member in Duke's TimeOut Campus ministry program, a group that meets to refresh and refocus through discussion and prayer each week. Samantha Nelson is entering her senior season with a job secured that will take her skills as a political science major to a DC lobbying firm.
Duke presents us with a multitude of opportunities - we get lots of shots. I spent an amazing semester abroad in Rome learning that my interest in art history was minute in relation to my passion for Italian pizza and gelato. I discovered that I have a complete lack of balance and flexibility in Dance 101 freshman year. I found out that not even a compelling ethics lecture could turn me into a vegetarian after a flank steak special in the dining hall ended my meatless campaign For some of us it takes lots of shots, and not every one is right on target, but whether it takes a few or a hundred, we all land one on net when it counts. At the end of the day, every team member leaves with the game winner: a Duke diploma, an eternal spot in the Duke field hockey family, and an amazing overall collegiate experience.
Come support as we take our next shots on the path to a national championship against Penn State this Saturday and Old Dominion Sunday