This post is dedicated to my application for the STX internship in Baltimore this spring semester.
My history with lacrosse is a continuous one. From the age of eight, I associated myself with the sport when I realized softball was not going to satisfy my desire to move and be active. My parents knew nothing about the sport but signed me up anyways, eventually learning enough about the game themselves to become coaches for my brother and me.
I played on the same club team for six years. My team grew together up into high school, playing indoor in the off-season, attending camps at Dartmouth to improve our stick skills over the summer. We were one of the top teams in New Hampshire for at least three years. A lot of this was because we were so comfortable with each other, we knew exactly where each teammate was going to be during a play. I had a specific role as I got older and delved deeper into the sport. Once the ball began moving down the field, I was to run behind the net, where one of my teammates would pass me the ball so I could hug the crease and do a “shovel shot” into the goal. If I didn’t make it, someone would be behind the net to scoop up the ball and we would repeat the process again. It worked. It was successful. We never stopped.
I love the game of lacrosse, although I haven’t played for a number of years now. The sport has followed me into college, where I attend all of my school’s games, make bets with my family on who we are going to see in the final four playoffs at Gillette each May, and I talk up the sport to everyone who listens like I’m the lacrosse expert. My STX stick is still sitting in the corner of my room here at school, just in case I find someone who wants to play a game of pick-up. I’ve always loved it, especially the strategy that goes into making each play successful.
During our last year playing for the rec team in town, I designed sweatshirts for our team that we could continue to wear in high school so everybody would know we were the same team. We kept the same color, pink, for most of our career, although we started out as gold my first year. I still wear it all the time.
The STX motto, “never stop” follows me through my everyday life. As a distance runner for my school, I just like to go. Runners don’t take rest days, or ask to go shorter distances. Usually, we beg to go longer, like we have a constant urge to move. When I find myself with downtime, I get bored, looking for something to fill the time.
As a chemistry and communications double major, I don’t fit the traditional mode for either subject. This internship gives me the opportunity to combine the two things I love most in the world: sports and writing. I eventually want to be involved in sports and nutrition communications, and getting my foot in the door through a sports company I feel that I strongly identify with is the perfect way to achieve my dreams.
This internship would be an amazing experience to make the next “stop” on my road. As the motto says, “Never stop;” I wouldn’t have to stop, because I’d already be looking ahead in the company for the next move, just like the plays in a game.