Aug. 1, 2009 marked the first day of meetings for the FSU soccer team that year. I shared the experience with two current teammates, Ines Jaurena and Kelsey Wys.
Sitting in the classroom, setting expectations for the coming season, seems like it was just a couple of months ago, not 3 1/2 years. Now, here we sit, about to play in our last two regular-season ACC home games with Senior Day set for Sunday afternoon.
The emotions and memories that have filled these last four years are immeasurable. Walking on campus freshman year, all the seniors told us to take advantage of every opportunity because it would be over before we knew it.
As a freshman, time can't go by fast enough. You are always looking forward to something new, counting down to some event or hoping class time goes by fast. Either way, you're wishing away your time instead of cherishing it.
It's amazing to see how quickly and rapidly we grow and change from when we arrived on campus. I came to FSU as an exercise science major and a year later changed to psychology. Then last Saturday, I took the LSAT so I can apply to law school sometime after I graduate, taking one step closer to entering the real world, as so many individuals like to say.
Our Senior Day game is against the University of Virginia, a team we had not been able to beat until last year in the ACC tournament. We defeated them 2-1 in Cary, N.C., to advance to the league championship game against Wake Forest, adding to the list of the many memorable wins last season.
Little did we know we would face Virginia for a third time just a few weeks later -- this time a day after Thanksgiving in Tallahassee with a berth to the College Cup on the line. We found a good time to come away with our first victory over the Cavaliers at home, defeating them 3-0.
We hope to continue that good fortune this year as we play in front of our great fans. Because it's Senior Day, I will be able to play in front of my fans and my parents.
This will be the first time my dad will see me play since I've been at FSU. My parents will not be the only parents in the stands. There are six other seniors on the team, and their parents will also be cheering our team on Sunday afternoon.
Coincidentally, it is also parents' weekend at FSU as our football team returns home to face Boston College. Campus should be filled with parents all weekend attending luncheons and sporting events.
But overall, it should be an exciting weekend, one I still can't believe has already arrived. It seems like just yesterday I was putting on that FSU jersey for the very first time.
When I put that uniform on once again Sunday, I will be sure to remember that moment for as long as I can!