If you’ve ever attended a Carolina Basketball game, you’ve felt the goosebumps that arise when the theme song for “I am a Tar Heel” begins to play. If you’ve never had the chance to see one, watch a little taste here. (Although, you don’t get the full effect if you’re not in the Dean Dome…)
As student-athletes, my teammates and I always talk about how cool it would be to participate in such a short video that leaves such a big legacy. Last week I got the opportunity to pseudo-fulfill this dream by writing a letter version of “I am a Tar Heel,” for a news post on the GoHeels site :
Dear Tar Heel Family,
I’d like to thank you for your incredible support you have given the women’s lacrosse team and all other athletic programs over my last four years here. You’ve welcomed me with open arms since I first stepped foot on campus, when all it took was one visit to one school to know in my gut that Carolina was the place for me.
It’s an indescribable feeling to represent the beautiful Carolina Blue. There is such a strong sense of community walking around Chapel Hill, but you also feel a connection with anyone wearing gear across the nation. Whether these people are UNC grads or not, everyone knows that Chapel Hill is a special place. UNC has challenged me both academically and athletically, but no matter what hardships I came by, I always had the support of the Tar Heel community.
Academically, I have enjoyed every class I’ve taken within the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The “J-School” has challenged me every day to be a better writer, to be more creative, to stand out among my peers, and to become a well-rounded citizen. The world of journalism and media is constantly evolving, and it’s very exciting to be part of a school that is excited about its research, and is up to date with the latest trends and technologies. A huge thank you to my professors who have all cared passionately about their students’ success.
Athletically, I have been lucky enough to experience what most teams can only dream about: winning a Division I national championship. The 2013 season had its highs and lows for me personally; the high was of course playing in arguably the greatest women’s lacrosse game ever played—a Cinderella story where the underdog team beat undefeated Maryland in triple overtime to win the national title in my hometown. The low was tearing my ACL, which put me out for the 2014 season. However, this experience taught me new lessons about patience, perseverance and appreciation. Our athletic training staff was incredible in trying to help me heal as properly, but quickly as possible, and my teammates, family, friends, and staff were behind me the entire way.
I am incredibly grateful for everything I’ve experienced as a student-athlete over these past four years. Thank you to my parents, my sister, by brother, my teammates, coaches, staff and donors for making these experiences so great.
I am forever blessed to say, I am a Tar Heel.
It was a huge honor to write on behalf of my class, and I truly mean it when I say that I am forever blessed to be a Tar Heel.