Ten Out of Ten, That Week 10 Was Crazy

Boy, that week was rough with three exams, two projects, homework assignments, and training in diving for a tough competition the following Saturday! I remember clearly staying up all night till 2:00 am or 3:00 am, studying for the exams and completing the projects. I stayed on campus with another friend who was having a rough week with trying to complete his long lab assignment. I’m thankful to have somebody experiencing the same thing along my side as we encouraged each other to keep going and finish the night. After the brutal week, I had a home diving meet with a diver who beat me last year. She was one competition I had to look out for. Yet, I beat her on 1M diving! She beat me on 3M, but only by few points. It was good and I felt the fire in me wanting to keep going and get better for later in the season.

During the week, I relearned one of my dives that I had before I came to college, three years ago! That dive was back 2 1/2 somersaults off 3M diving board! It was so much fun relearning it, even though I over-rotated and smacked onto my thighs hard and kept going. I competed it for the recent meet last Saturday, November 7, and I did very well.  I also broke the St. Lawrence 1M diving pool record. I had so much fun being with my team and watching a bunch of movies on the 4-hour long bus ride there and back! The photo I’m sharing is my favorite team photo thus far; we have this amazing family dynamic going on.

I have learned that no matter how bad of a week you may be having, whether it’s academic- or life-related, you can still find that fire in you and keep doing what you love.11230911_10207120263780677_2543113350552472788_nIt’s week 12 tomorrow and as it is an even week, you will be hearing from me again shortly! I cannot wait for Thanksgiving and reuniting with my family in Pennsylvania.

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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