ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

2018 Written Senior Perspectives

  • Written Senior Perspectives - Chase Guillory, Football
    July 27, 2018
    As challenging as it was to come into a new program, learn a complex defense, and physically adjust to the new pace of play, there was still nothing better than practicing the sport you cherished most alongside of 120 brothers present for the same reasons as you.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Maddy Kaplan, Softball
    July 26, 2018
    One of my personal goals for my senior season is to not reflect on my career too early or be prematurely sentimental, but to stay focused on being in the moment and helping my team reach our potential. I want to finish my final season with no regrets.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Angus Cowell, Wrestling
    July 25, 2018
    The Harvard wrestling team did more to shape me than any class I took at Harvard.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Tyler Spear, Men's Cross Country / Track & Field
    July 24, 2018
    I’m incredibly thankful for the lifelong friends that I’ve gained and for the way in which being an athlete at Harvard has contributed to my experience as a student.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Chelsea Ziadie, Women's Ice Hockey
    July 23, 2018
    Only by looking back at my four years on the women’s ice hockey team do I realize how truly special the Harvard hockey program is, and how central it was to my Harvard experience.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Sami Strutner, Women's Water Polo
    July 20, 2018
    As I look back upon my four years of collegiate athletics at Harvard, I have a difficult time finding words that fully reflect my immense appreciation for the lessons my sport has taught me and how much it has enhanced my college experience.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Tanner Lee, Football
    July 19, 2018
    When Coach Murphy called me up December of my senior year and offered me a spot to attend and play for one of the most prestigious universities in the world, there was no way I could say no.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Spencer Kiehm, Wrestling
    July 18, 2018
    In August of 2014 when I first stepped onto Harvard’s campus, I was both excited to be in a completely new environment over 5,000 miles away from home (Honolulu, HI) and terrified by the daunting task of adjusting to a new academic, athletic, and social atmosphere.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Paige Kebe, Women's Volleyball
    July 17, 2018
    And now that these four years are coming to a close, I’ve found that the privilege of being a Harvard student athlete is still quite difficult to put into words.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Jonas Aranda, Men's Cross Country / Track & Field
    July 16, 2018
    Running track for Harvard has been the greatest decision that I have ever made. In its simplest essence, you are competing to see who can run laps the fastest, but I have learnt that track extends way outside the confines of the lane you run in.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Nikki Friesen, Women's Ice Hockey
    July 13, 2018
    Since my junior year of high school, I have kept a paper fortune in the back of my phone case. It reads: “Success will be yours.” This little fortune is tattered and dirty, from Panda Express of all places, and relatively simple; yet, for me, it holds profound meaning.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Grant Solomon, Men's Tennis
    July 12, 2018
    I would also love to thank the ‘Friends of Harvard Tennis,’ Craig, Lorenzo, Frazier, and the countless others who have made not only my Harvard tennis experience but my Harvard experience so special.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Alexa Altchek, Softball
    July 11, 2018
    Dear Harvard Softball, Thank you. There is so much that I would like to say to you after these four years, but I think it sums up to just thank you. Who I am and who I have become is attributable to Harvard softball. Over four years, I have learned what it means to be a good teammate through the good, the bad, and the ugly (all of which I have definitely experienced) and how to push myself further than I ever thought possible.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Rico Stormer, Wrestling
    July 10, 2018
    The reason I, a farm boy from rural Montana, applied to Harvard was because wrestling had instilled in me a confidence and mindset that said, “Why not me?” Someone gets to go to Harvard to be great and it might as well be me.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Dallas Hogan, Softball
    July 09, 2018
    About a week before our season opener I walked over to our softball field alone and sat in the dugout. I stared out to the field where so many emotions have been felt and lessons learned over these past few years. How, in just a few short months, am I possibly expected to say goodbye to a sport that has given me so much?
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Mackenzie Lawrence, Women's Fencing
    July 06, 2018
    However, as I look behind me, I know without a doubt that the single most important part of my experience here has been being a member and senior co-captain of the Harvard Fencing Team.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Ben Huffman, Men's Cross Country / Track & Field
    July 05, 2018
    The night before my first practice, I read the Wikipedia article on the sport of cross country in an attempt to figure out exactly what I was signing myself up for. I have been incredibly lucky that the decade that followed that first practice has exceeded even my wildest dreams for what a sport could give to one person.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Sue Ann Yong, Women's Squash
    July 03, 2018
    We all know the Harvard stereotypes – competitive, ambitious, hardworking. Those attributes might sound familiar to all of us from our life long relationship with competitive squash. Performing under pressure has become second nature, in the words of our head coach Mike Way: “I’ve been here before, I know what to do” – sounds like the perfect recipe to surviving Harvard.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Kent Haeffner, Men's Swimming & Diving
    July 02, 2018
    And now, as we near the end of our time at Harvard, the anxiety has been washed away. It’s been replaced with a sense that Harvard is where we belong.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Greg Royston, Men's Golf
    June 29, 2018
    There is something unique about pursuing a sport to the highest level as a member of a team, and it is particularly special to do so in a usually-individual sport like golf. Besides the obvious hard work and commitment required, being a valuable and contributing member of a team demands one bring an immense focus to every practice and competition.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Morgan Macchiarulo, Softball
    June 28, 2018
    When I look back on the past four years, I can’t fathom how to put words to all of those experiences and memories. And with weeks left to go in our season, how does one reflect when there is still so much to come? What I can say with confidence is that Harvard softball has taught me a lesson that is both unexpected and invaluable. So I will take these words to share with whoever cares to listen, how I learned that happiness is my greatest goal.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Marie Becker, Women's Soccer
    June 27, 2018
    In the past four years, I have changed as a player, and as a person. Being recruited to play for Harvard I had no idea what either of those two terms really meant. For a high-school student from Germany who had never really thought about going to college or playing soccer in the U.S., Harvard sounded about as reasonable of a place for planning your future as Hogwarts. But here I was, in communication with the women’s soccer coaches who wanted me to play for them, a process that I only learned later was called recruiting.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Kanon Dean, Wrestling
    June 26, 2018
    The funny thing about a wrestling career is that when you first embark, it doesn’t resemble a career at all—it’s simply something fun to do. You get to roll around, play some games, and essentially recreate what any five year old boys would be doing anyway, all while wearing a funny spandex suit.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Colin Chiapello & Harry Tafur, Men's Water Polo
    June 25, 2018
    Partnerships. From a tactical standpoint, working in partnerships and groups is critical to a successful team. Individual stars are always welcome and appreciated, but ensuring you have a championship caliber team revolves around being just that, a team.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Fiona Davis, Women's Cross Country / Track & Field
    June 22, 2018
    It was a Sunday morning in late August. Even at 7:30 in the morning as I quietly slipped out of Canaday (my roommates would still be asleep when I returned that afternoon) I could tell it was going to be a hot one. I scarfed down the hardboiled egg I had swiped from the dining hall the night before and started nervously chugging water as I made my way to the Gordon Indoor Track. It was long run day and our first official team practice: my first test.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Geordie Enoch, Women's Swimming & Diving
    June 21, 2018
    During my first week of practice with Harvard women’s swimming and diving, I managed to concuss myself. For one of our first dryland circuits, I was paired up with Kendall Crawford, a junior on the team at the time. Kendall is a beautiful, accomplished school record holder, and I wanted to prove myself in our first workout together.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Dan Fu, Ballroom Dancing
    June 20, 2018
    I never expected to pick up ballroom dancing - or any club sport for that matter - when I came to college. College athletics just weren’t on my radar - besides a couple years in high school running (very slowly) with the cross country team, the only sort of organized sport I had ever done was some little league in second grade.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Olivia Startup, Field Hockey
    June 19, 2018
    When I arrived on campus freshman year, I really had no clue what to expect of the next four years to come. After a few days trying to get to know my new teammates, we were caught up in the whirlwind of preseason training and soon the beginning of classes. Being a part of a team certainly made the transition to university a little less terrifying because it gave you an instant support system. Right off the bat, I had an incredible group of girls going through the same challenges and experiences as me, with everyone from sophomores to seniors lending advice and guidance through the madness of freshman year.
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Melissa Lacro, Softball
    June 18, 2018
    I’ve always been better at knowing what I don’t want as opposed to what I do want. Perhaps the biggest exception to this is knowing that I’ve always wanted to play college softball. But even as that dream became more and more of a reality, I could never clearly remember how I pinpointed where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to go to a high-academic college, but when Harvard and the Ivy League came up in conversation with my coaches at the time, I still remember the exact words of 15-year-old me who had just started the long, grueling recruiting process: “No way, that’s way too intense for me.”
  • Written Senior Perspectives - Dani Krzyszczyk, Women's Ice Hockey
    June 15, 2018
    Looking at the faces of the seniors my freshman year, I remember thinking to myself how lucky I was to be at Harvard. Making it to the national championship game was incredibly special, but what I didn’t realize was that it wasn’t special because of the wins, it was special because of the individuals wearing the H.
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