The 2016 Senior Perspectives is the 11th 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 2016 Senior Perspectives, click here.
Morgan Groom, Softball, Team Co-Captain
Hometown: Lowell, Mich.
House Affiliation: Mather
Playing your senior season in a Crimson uniform is a bittersweet experience. There is a unique balance between intense focus on the present – each practice, game, inning, and pitch carries more weight than ever – and nostalgia for the past. As a spring sport athlete, the closure of an athletic career parallels the end of an educational journey, making it that much harder to transition away from the home that Harvard has provided.
Already experiencing some “lasts” as a college athlete has been emotional yet rewarding to reflect upon. As seniors, we celebrated our last Monday morning conditioning, last Palmer Dixon testing day, and the last practice in the bubble. In comparison, our last spring break trip to California, the last home opener against BC, and the last Ivy League opener have been more heart wrenching. Countless hours were spent preparing for the big moments on the field, and though it might have been tiring and difficult, Harvard softball has always paired a strong work ethic with excitement and support for each other and our goals. Each experience we shared together will always be accompanied by some story, whether it’s about perseverance and grit or simply a hilarious anecdote.
The memories I made alongside my teammates and friends over the last four years are invaluable, and it’s challenging to realize our routine together will soon come to an abrupt end.
I’ve given ten years of my life to the sport, and am thankful everyday that this path has led me to play with amazing and inspiring individuals. There is a lot to miss about HSB: the culture, encouragement, mentorship, laughter and more. One of the reasons I love this team is that the relationships Harvard softball cultivates persist past the “last” game. I’m cherishing every moment I have left on the dirt, knowing that this family around me will endure even off the field.