- “Take a Walk”
- The Residence Hall Experience: Why Dorm Living is Good Living
- Singing in the Holidays
- I Wanna Dance (and sing) With Somebody
- Use Your Imagination
- “Welcome to W&J, I’m your tour guide, Georgia.”
- My New Best Friend…The Teacher?
- The Few, The Proud, The W&J Rugby Team
- W&J: A Commuter’s Perspective
- W&J Presidents go to Pittsburgh and Beyond...
- My Journey with Michelangelo
- Magellan Awards: Just Because Magellan Sailed Around Africa Didn’t Mean I Had To
- The Magellan Project: Ashleigh Kazmeraski
- The Magellan Project: Marissa Stevens
- Red&Black Behavior
- W&J: Serving the Community since 1781
- Washington: Not Your Average Small Town
- Grab a Cup of Coffee with Your Microscope
- January – the New Green-Eyed Monster
- A Family of Athletes
- Liberal Arts Academia: Why Being Well Rounded Matters
- Q&A with Dr. Tori Haring-Smith
Georgia Schumacher (middle, wearing hat) with her teammates
A Family of Athletes
When I joined the W&J varsity softball team as a freshman, I was told, “Welcome to the family.” A year later, when our team won the most games ever in W&J softball history, a coach said we were the closest team she had ever seen. Neither statement was an exaggeration.
Playing softball has been one of my favorite experiences in college, and the bonds I’ve formed with team members are incredibly strong. I imagine that the athletes on W&J’s other 22 intercollegiate sports teams feel the same way.
Every spring, our season opens with ten games in Orlando, Florida. The first game is always a test—our first time on the softball diamond putting together everything we’ve been practicing. The freshmen are always the most nervous and quiet, unsure of where they fit in. By the end of the week (full of team dinners, shopping trips, and a day off from softball usually involving a Disney visit), we are officially a team and usually inseparable.
For four straight years, we have competed in the conference tournament, winning the championship once and hosting the tournament another year. This year, our goal remains the same—to win our conference. For now, we train in the off season and learn to believe in each other, spending hours of our days together as athletes and as friends, trusting that it will pay off when the season finally arrives.
W&J Class of 2010