The 2019 Senior Perspectives is the 14th 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.
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Concentration: Psychology: Cognitive Neuro & Evolution
House Affiliation: Cabot
Coming to college, I anticipated that Harvard Volleyball would be an integral part of my college experience, but what I didn’t realize is how quickly and easily Harvard Women’s Volleyball would become family. HVB is a unique group of diverse, yet like-minded people who share a passion for the sport, the Harvard community, and each other. On and off the court, my teammates and coaches have taught me more than I could learn in any class and given me a home when mine was 5,000 miles away. I had high expectations for Harvard Volleyball, and it has been everything I have hoped for and more.
One goal that Coach Weiss had for our team and for us as individuals was to be “comfortable in uncomfortable situations”. Looking back on my past four years, that quote has stood out to me.
Moving from Hawaii to Boston was something that made me uncomfortable; switching positions after freshman year was something that made me uncomfortable; playing in front of thousands of fans during our first ever NCAA appearance was uncomfortable; and doing my first ropes course (as someone who is deathly afraid of heights) during preseason bonding made me uncomfortable. These, along with others, have defined my experience at Harvard and on the Harvard Women’s Volleyball Team. HVB provided a space that fostered support and encouragement; a place where I have felt the courage to do uncomfortable things not only for myself, but for my teammates. These uncomfortable moments, both individual and shared, have shaped into the person I am today, and I am forever thankful for them.
As graduation nears and my time at Harvard comes to an end, I know that I am leaving as a stronger and more powerful version of myself, and I owe that to Harvard Women’s Volleyball and my experiences as a student-athlete. Being a student-athlete at Harvard has been a blessing and a privilege, and I can’t even begin to put into words how thankful I am for the Harvard Volleyball family and the rest of the Harvard athletic community.