Coming into Davis my freshman year, I went through lots of changes. Again, I’m not trying to make it sound like I don’t like it here in California, cause I do… but I just had to deal with a lot of adjustments. Most significantly, college gymnastics was very different from club/ high school gymnastics. Parts of it I liked more; others I liked less.
For example, the team environment in college is unlike anything I experienced in high school. I love every single one of them, and I love being apart of this team. It really is my favorite part. I love college meets, how loud, how energetic, and how supportive everyone is. However last year when I first started working out with the team, I felt out of my league. I knew that that was a strong possibility. After all, I was a walk-on and on a team with a bunch of National Qualifiers and people who had been on significantly better club teams than me. But as I have said over and over, I didn’t need to be the star of the team—the fact that I wasn’t the best wasn’t what bothered me.
No matter how out of my league I felt, I figured there were still at least three ways I could contribute on the team without actually making line-up come competition season.
1. I could have the best attitude possible.
2. I could cheer for my teammates and support them at all times.
3. I could work my ass off at practice.
So last year, that’s what I did. I worked hard every single practice, so that one day, I could make line up. When that day would be, I had no idea. But as long as I did my very best, and gave 100%, I had every hope in the world that it wouldn't matter.