July 28, 2015

By: Kara Sheftic

This summer has been one of my busiest yet! After the semester ended in May, I was home for just six short days before returning to Boston to move into my brownstone apartment in South Campus. I decided to stay for both summer school sessions to get ahead in my class credits. In the months that I’ve been here, I have spent my time making trips to Newbury Street, the Boston Commons, and several parts of Boston than I didn’t get the chance to explore during my first year on campus.

Up until a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have my brother living close by in Newport, R.I., which is a beautiful place and not too far from Boston. A friend and I were even able to spend a weekend with him. While we were there, I got to see my oldest nephew play in his youth soccer game and later that same day we watched a polo match.

The match was actually really fun, even though I knew nothing about polo! Tons of my brother’s Army friends and their families were there and we all brought food and spent time talking and playing with the kids. I also got to spend some time at the beach while I was there, which resulted in a sunburn for a very pale Kara, of course! It was a fun and beautiful weekend nonetheless. My brother and his family have since moved to Washington State because of a new military assignment. I’m looking forward to seeing my brother, his wife, and kiddos at the end of the summer for my sister’s wedding!

Speaking of the wedding, I took another weekend trip home to Vermont for my sister’s bridal shower. It was a strictly all-girls weekend spent with several of the ladies on my side of the family as well as on my sister’s fiancé’s side. It was a great weekend to celebrate and get excited for the big event coming up in just over a month! I get to be at home in Vermont for the last three weeks of summer and final wedding details will be the main focus, I’m sure!

At the start of summer session two, all my lovely teammates came back for workouts and classes. Our four freshmen and transfer girls have been doing great here and working hard to get up to speed. It feels really good to have them all here because we compete and motivate each other to work harder and get better. One of our toughest conditioning days is Tuesday, when we run the bleachers in Nickerson Stadium. Troi (Melton) and I race each other to the top in separate lanes for every sprint. We compete with each other to try to make the other one go faster, and it definitely works. With all our incoming and returning players, we now have 14 players total! That seems like a huge number compared to last year and we’re all excited that Sarah (Hope) is recovering well. She’ll be back playing with us in no time since her injury last winter. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish with all 14 of us this season!

My latest endeavor is changing my major, which I never thought I would do. Just the other day I had to drop all of the classes I had registered to take this fall and pick all new ones. My new major is Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, with a minor in Special Education and I am studying to be a speech pathologist now! I am really excited about the switch and think it’ll be great for me in the long run.

In the mean time, the team and I will be finishing up classes in the next two weeks before we get to spend some time at home to close out the summer!

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