Written Senior Perspectives: Corinne Bain

Written Senior Perspectives: Corinne Bain

The 2017 Senior Perspectives is the 12th 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.

Corinne Bain, Women's Volleyball
Hometown: Manhatten Beach, Calif.
Concentration: Psychology
House Affiliation: Pforzheimer

Harvard volleyball has provided the most memorable and valuable experiences in my life. Entering Harvard with a team of 15 inspirational female athletes by my side set a foundation for the rest of my college days. I was physically, mentally and intellectually challenged from the moment I stepped foot into the gym. I knew instantly that I had made the right decision and HVB was my family away from home.

There is an indescribable amount of value in working towards a common goal with the people you love and respect. My teammates quickly became my best friends not because of convenience or common interests, but because of how much strength and dedication we saw from one another day in and day out. I will never underestimate the power of grit and teamwork after contributing to the two most historical seasons of Harvard volleyball.

It is easy to look back and recognize all the best times during my Harvard athletic career. However, it is essential that I highlight the benefits of the worst times. Some days, nothing sounds worse than going to a three-hour practice after a 6 a.m. lift and three consecutive classes. Those are the days that I remember now and wish I could relive. The levels of exhaustion, passion and frustration are the reason volleyball became my everything. It was an aspect of my life that I could drop all outside distractions and give my 110 percent from start to finish. The lessons I learned from heart-wrenching losses, complete exhaustion and frustration are the most valuable takeaways from my time at Harvard.

There is a silence that is born when your senior season comes to an end. There is no more nervous excitement leading into weekend competition, there is no more passionate chatter in the dining halls about practice that day, there is no more reason to finish nearly impossible treadmill sprints. Many times, this silence can hurt. But upon reflection, this silence is living proof of the invaluable experience of being a college athlete.

I am endlessly grateful for my four years here. As my time is coming to an end, I have had the opportunity to reflect and recognize how much my athletic career has shaped my college experience. I am so proud to represent Harvard as a female athlete and I am excited to take all that I learned in college athletics to the real world. This reflection is incomplete without thanking the coaches and seven classes of incredible women in my four years of HVB that are the reason for my continuous deep commitment to Harvard volleyball. I will never forget it.