Dive Big or Go Home

As previously mentioned, the Swimming and Diving season just started for us last week and we’re already getting intensive with our trainings. We’re not practicing just once a day, but almost like twice a day if you incorporate the dry-land work-outs and weight lifting in the schedule. Last week, I was surprised with five new divers coming in! We were so worried that it’ll be just the three of us, two girls and one boy, but then three boys and two girls walked on and wanted to dive. My coach was extremely pleased to see that we have a large group this year, as it will give the team more of a “family” sense. I’m really excited to see where this goes in the season, getting to know them and diving on three meters once again. I was out of 3-meter diving for three years due to a shoulder injury I had. I forgot how much I loved doing 3-meter diving!

I have attached a picture of the team, but the picture is missing one boy, so there’s really supposed to be eight of us there, plus the coach.  IMG_2305

What’s going on around the campus? A lot of things, there are SO MANY flyers and event advertising for the month of October. There’s a trip to a pumpkin farm, a trip to a picnic, a trip to zoos, etc. If only I didn’t have diving meets on the weekends, I would be going all out and attending all of these events. That’s one thing I learned as a college student, “When you see an opportunity, take it and make memories from it.”  For the first two years at college, I did not attend enough of the events, go out in the Rochester or New York State area, or do enough outings with friends. Now I’m a senior, and I’m making sure I’m traveling and going on adventures! You will never get bored in Rochester, and I can guarantee you that.

About Natalie

Major: Biomedical Science

Hometown: Rockville, Md.

Why I Chose RIT: Before discovering what RIT has to offer academically and socially, I had a great experience meeting some of my great friends from Explore Your Future (EYF) 2011. I met numerous people who are just like me and I loved the campus right from the beginning. The interpreting, C-print and notetaking services are beyond my wildest dreams at RIT, providing everything you need for success.

Clubs/Activities: I am a diver on the RIT Swimming and Diving team and an NLC math and physics tutor. I also am a part of the Rock Climbing club and Premedical Student Association. There are still many more activities that I want to explore!

Hobbies/Interests: Besides diving, I enjoy swimming, playing ball, biking, skiing, painting and traveling. In other words, being outside on a sunny day!

What I Like Best About RIT: This place has everything you could possibly dream of, both on and off campus. You can get the rural, suburban and urban feeling within a 15-minute radius of RIT. RIT provides amazing concerts, many club sports/varsity teams, hundreds of clubs, off-campus events and every kind of support you could think of. I fell in love with my major because the professors are so engaged, knowledgeable and have a great desire to help and get to know their students. My general chemistry professor taught more than 200 students in a lecture, and he still remembers me two years later! The campus has much more to offer than I originally thought as a newbie.

Favorite T.V. Show: I enjoy watching “How I Met Your Mother,” “Full House,” “Boy Meets World” and “MasterChef.”

Fun fact about me: I did a handstand somersault off of a 10-meter platform during my training for national diving competitions in high school.

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