Drop some knowledge

Courtesy of Emily Young

During the USC volleyball team banquet, it struck Emily Young how lucky she was to be sitting in a room full of knowledge.

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change."
-- Wayne Dyer

This week, I've been looking at the world with a new set of eyes. I've been listening with a new set of ears. And I've been thinking with a different mentality. I owe it all to Emily. Emily Adams that is.

Two Saturday's ago, at our team banquet, record-holding three-time USC All-American middle blocker Emily Adams was our keynote speaker. Her message to us was about the lessons that she would like to impart to her 20-year-old self.

Courtesy of Emily Young

Former USC star Emily Adams offered four life lessons that made an immediate impact on Emily Young.

Those were:

• 1. Forget the mistakes.

• 2. Cherish the good.

• 3. Carry your goals in your pocket (literally).

• 4. When searching for a career path, take a step in any direction.

As coach Mick Haley and our three seniors (Natalie Hagglund, Alexis Olgard and Sara Shaw) took turns at the microphone, they too left behind memories and wisdom they had gained during their time here. Right then and there, it hit me how lucky I was to be sitting in a room full of knowledge.

Each individual on my team carries valuable experiences and insights far beyond the volleyball court, and when I heard our seniors speak, it really cemented for me that thought that you won't miss it until it's gone.

So I set a new goal for myself this semester: Be a sponge. Everything that someone tells us is some form of knowledge, and it is on us to hear it and apply this information in our lives. But the responsibility doesn't end there. Soon, I'll be a senior, and players will look to me to see what I have learned during my four years here.

Although classes just started, I'm amazed at what I’ve learned in just this first week alone. So I challenge you to open your ears, eyes and mind to the world around you.

As Emily Adams said, "Drop some knowledge."