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Sara's Life After College

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Before diving into my blog about my life after college, I’d like to set the scene a bit and introduce myself.  So here is a short clip about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I plan on going.

 

I grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania, as a very active kid. I participated in every sport under the sun. I loved being active and trying new things so my passion for all sports grew as I did. In high school, I played soccer, basketball and lacrosse, and also participated in other sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and tennis.  I was recruited to play both soccer and lacrosse in college but chose to pursue lacrosse.  It was evident right away that I had an amazing opportunity in front of me.  I fell in love with the University of Richmond and spent the next five years of my life there.

 

So life was good. Everything was going smoothly until I got stick checked in the head at practice one day during the fall of my freshman year.  This check resulted in my first concussion and would not be my last.  One concussion led to another and eventually ended my lacrosse career.

 

In college I endured another injury: I herniated two discs in my back which led to other problems including a partially torn oblique muscle.

 

Since I received a medical red shirt my sophomore year, I took a fifth year but didn’t want to risk my body anymore.  Many of you are probably wondering what took me so long-- I wonder the same thing--but when sports are your life you will do almost anything to keep them from slipping away.  My back was so messed up at this point that even if my head was normal I most likely still would not have been able to play.

I was on board as a student assistant coach for the year and although I struggled with not being able to play, I enjoyed teaching, strategizing and creating plays for the team.  It ended up being a great experience and I was able to learn a lot about myself. I graduated in May 2007 with a great education, amazing friends and teammates, leadership experience as a three-year captain, coaching experience, three Atlantic 10 championships, three NCAA appearances, a No. 8 ranking at best and, unfortunately, a pretty damaged body.

A few months after graduation and the end of my Richmond lacrosse run, I moved out to San Diego to start working for the Active Network as an online community coordinator, which is where I am today. I plan on doing a lot in the next year, including coaching lacrosse, experiencing new sporting events, traveling and, most importantly, healing my body so I can go back to leading an active lifestyle.  Stay tuned and join me on my journey as I begin “life after college.”

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