She once was a what?

Allow me to explain myself:

I am 24 years young and moved to Kamloops from Calgary where I lived for a year working in a restaurant and trying to sort it all out (‘it’ being my life). When I was accepted to the Respiratory Therapy program my parents were just relieved that I wasn’t going to end up working in a truck stop diner waiting tables for the rest of my life! But before any of this is I was a Blue.

When I graduated from high school back in 2007, I had no idea who or what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I did know that I loved Field Hockey and I needed an education.  One of my goals throughout high school was to pursue the sport at the highest level I was capable of, so I found a University that had a good reputation both on and off the field. That search led me to the University of Toronto. My time there was remarkable, I made life-long friends, learned so much, and developed an identity centered around being a field hockey player for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. I was team captain for 3 years and we won 2 National Championships during my 5 years playing for the team. Graduating was very bittersweet, I loved being a Varsity Blue and all that came with it, but I also knew it was time for me to move on to the next chapter.

Flash forward to week one at TRU and having to introduce yourself in 100 words or less. I used to find it so easy to introduce myself to a group of new people because I was a Varsity Blues Field Hockey player. With all these formal introductions I’ve had a bit of an identity crisis. I can’t decide what version of myself I want to present, because the one I was most proud of is in the past.

Now that’s all cleared up, I think I have managed to establish the theme of this blog – me, finding my new identity starting in year one of Respiratory Therapy.

But deep down, I will always be a Blue.

HT