The 2015 Senior Perspectives is the 10th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.
For a complete listing of 2015 Senior Perspectives,click here.
Samantha Reber, Women’s Ice Hockey, Team Co-Captain
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
House Affiliation: Adams
Over the last four years, words cannot describe my time with the Harvard women’s ice hockey team. The moment I stepped on campus in my freshman fall, I immediately gained 20 new sisters. Harvard hockey has always been and will continue to always be a family, and that is one of the coolest things about this program. In my senior year this year I was lucky enough to be a captain of my Harvard hockey family and that is truly one of the greatest honors I could have ever received. This year, in my final year in a Harvard jersey, we made history. We won four out of the five total championships that we could have won. After beating an undefeated Boston College team for the Beanpot Championship, we knew that this team was special. We continued on to win the Ivy League, our regular season ECAC Title, our ECAC playoff championships, as well as becoming the national runner-up after a tough game against Minnesota for the National Championship. Yeah, we made Harvard hockey history this year, but what meant the most to me in my senior year was this particular group of girls. There is no group that I would have wanted to spend my final year here with. We faced adversity like no one could imagine, we laughed at things that people would give us weird looks for, we played every game for the girl sitting next to us, and we will never be out of each other’s lives. Harvard hockey is something that has changed my life forever. In particular this year, my senior year, has been one of the most incredible times of my life and although we fell short of a National Championship, there is nothing in this entire world that I would’ve traded it for.
I feel like one of the luckiest people on this planet to have been able to experience Harvard from an athlete’s perspective. This school’s Athletic Department is so rich with history that the traditions among every sport are truly inspiring. There are so many rivalries and historic moments that will forever be a part of the athletic programs at Harvard. What a lot of people don’t understand is what it really means to be able to put on a Harvard jersey. This school is recognized for its amazing academics, but being given the opportunity to achieve this level of academics while wearing a Harvard jersey is indescribable. These last four years have been unlike anything I have ever experienced and I can honestly say that I doubt I’ll ever be able to experience anything close to it again. I am honored, blessed, and beyond grateful for my time here as a Harvard hockey player and thank everyone who gave me this life changing opportunity.