By Katie Peters
Starting college was (and still is) an exciting time in my life. Lasell was my top choice school so I was eager to start my freshman year. The first week of school was filled with making friends and finding what I liked to do. I met people from orientation, made some new friends and joined a couple clubs – anything I could do to find my place.
After the first week of trying (and barely succeeding) I got a text from a friend asking if I wanted to join the rugby club. I immediately turned her down.
I am not an athlete, I’ll die if I play rugby, or so I told myself.
That night, I stayed in my dorm and watched the Snapchats of all my new friends together at a meeting for the rugby club. That’s when I realized the mistake I had made…telling myself that I can’t. I texted my friend back, asking if I could go to practice the following morning.
The next morning I had nerves running through my whole body, not knowing the slightest bit about rugby as I walked to Grellier Field at 6:30 a.m. Shortly following stretches, my anxieties were eased by meeting the captains and realizing I wasn’t the only one who had yet to play a rugby game.
Joining the rugby club was one of the best decisions I’ve made since being here. I’ve found an amazing, welcoming and strong group of young women that I’m proud to be a part of. They embody the Lasell community as a whole – emphasizing respect, community and inclusion.