I cannot believe that it is already midterm week. This is a stressful time for any student on a college campus across the country, but I will tell you it’s nowhere near as stressful as finals week. Midterms are supposed to let you and your professors know how you are doing at the halfway mark of the semester. However, you can always change your gears if you are doing bad and step it up by the end—which I have done before. Just because you are doing not so great now doesn’t mean you have to finish not so great.

I feel like we just started this semester yesterday. I guess it's true that time flies when you’re having fun. Even though I am still working hard and busy with softball, I still have fun hanging out with my friends in our spare time. Academically, this semester has not been too hard for me, which is a welcome change from last semester. That’s another thing—each semester is different. Junior year is when things usually become a little bit more difficult, but only because you are mostly taking courses that relate directly to your major. Normally, you have four semesters of core classes and then four of upper-level courses. I happened to do it differently, and started my more intensive courses spring semester of my sophomore year—which means I will be doing some core classes next spring as a senior.

Spring break is next week, and I am so excited. The softball team is traveling to Clermont, Fla., which is just outside of Orlando, for the entire week. I cannot wait to be in the warm sunny weather. A big plus when playing in Florida is that most of my family lives there, so I get to spend time with them. The other awesome thing about spring break is that it means the weather is going to start warming up and the flowers are going to start blooming, which is my favorite thing on campus. All of my friends that don't play a sport keep talking about where they will be going and what they will be doing. Some are also going to Florida, some are going skiing up north and some are going home just to relax and spend time with their families.

Although I wish I could do some of those things, I get to go play the sport I love with some of the best teammates in the world. When you have a support group of 20 others that are going through the same things you are, it’s just a totally unique experience. When you spend every moment with your teammates, they become like sisters (or brothers). We fight and argue like siblings, but at the end of the day we still love each other. My favorite thing, especially during midterms and finals, is that the older team members are able to help out the younger ones with studying or just life in general. I came into college with two little sisters, but I now have 22—and we can get through anything together.

“Live the life you love, love the life you live.”