My journey: UK to SEU

Updated: Mar 10

Yes, the transfer story continues. As a lot of you probably already know, I have spent this past year playing basketball at Southeastern University in Florida. If you keep up with my blog, you’ll know this is my third university and my third blog post about transferring. Back to basketball?? Who would have thought!

For those of you who are new here, I’ll give you a quick update. After playing basketball my entire life and chasing a dream of playing college ball, I thought I had given up that dream when I signed a scholarship to run Division 1 track at Western Kentucky University. After suffering numerous injuries, including a broken foot, God led me to transfer. That is when I ended up at the University of Kentucky, once again, running track. I was excited and hopeful as I started training with my new team, only to find out a few weeks later that my foot was broken again. I begin rehabbing my foot again but couldn’t help but feel discouraged. I felt like things weren’t clicking for me and I wasn’t doing what God was calling me to do.

After a lot of careful consideration and prayer over the summer going into my junior year, I decided to step away from track. To me, this felt like I had lost a part of myself. I was so used to having a rigorous schedule of weights, class, practice, therapy, study hall, and repeat. Losing sports was like losing an identity I had carried since I was a little girl.

I knew I had to develop an identity outside of sports, and that is when I realized that our identity is found in Christ. No matter where we are in life or what we are doing, I begin to find peace in knowing that I am a child of God. What more of an identity do we need? Growing up in sports, it is easy to put such a high value on them and make our whole life about them. Over the course of the next year, I spent a lot of time developing myself and my relationship with God.

Then, 2020 happened. I didn’t know what was next for me, but I knew the industry I wanted to go into (sports broadcasting) was going to change a little bit with everything becoming virtual. After things began to calm down a little bit, I decided to go visit my best friend, Nikki, in Illinois last summer. This visit led to me meeting my now boyfriend, Billy Mote.

So now, we fast forward to fall of 2020 and I’m helping my boyfriend move to Florida, at Southeastern to be exact. He plays baseball at SEU. While I was there, I met his baseball coaches and through our small talk, they learned that I used to play basketball in high school. Eventually, word got them back to the women’s basketball coach at Southeastern. Funny enough, this led to me having a phone call with the coach and moving to Florida in less than 48 hours. The school year had already started, so I had to catch up and rework some things at UK, because I was still enrolled there.

Once I was settled, I had the best time in Florida. Meeting new people, being at a christian university, and getting to play basketball again in the sunshine state was a dream come true. God’s plan is always so much greater than anything we could ever dream of on our own.

My college experience was anything but predictable, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Because of my unique journey, I have grown in ways I wouldn’t have expected. I have met so many incredible people and I am thankful for the opportunities.

I just graduated this spring from Southeastern University with my Digital Journalism degree. I plan to return to SEU this fall to continue my education with a master’s program. I whole-heartedly believe in trusting God’s plan for our lives, so we will see where He leads me next!

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