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“Here at Michigan, Olympians coach me. Nobel Prize winners lecture me. I eat lunch with All-Americans. In the athletic training room, I sit next to Big Ten champions. I meet with prize-winning authors during their office hours. I take class notes next to American record-holders. I walk to class with members of national championship teams. I open doors once opened by Oscar-winning actors, former Presidents and astronauts ... it's all in the day of a Michigan student-athlete.”
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As I look back at the lessons that Coach Berenson taught us about achieving excellence and preparing for life after hockey, I am no longer surprised that so many of us have achieved so much once our hockey careers were over. Not only were we provided with insight into the key habits for success, but we were also rewarded for adopting these habits with national championships. I believe that these two elements are why so many went on to do well. We worked hard, and we tasted victory. Excellence is not unique to a specific discipline. It is an approach to how you manage tasks and deal with problems. Our experience as part of the Michigan hockey family is why so many of us in the program have gone on to succeed. And in reality, it is probably why we had such successful teams while at Michigan. Coach Berenson, Mel (Pearson) and Billy (Powers) assembled a group of guys with a wide range of talent who all shared a common willingness to work hard and sacrifice for their team. Those same characteristics that made us successful then have also made us successful now.
One of the best parts of being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan is the family atmosphere within the entire athletic community, but specifically the women’s soccer team. Members of the athletic department treat each other with respect and always keep student-athletes’ best interests in mind. As an out-of-state student, it is so wonderful to have a built-in community of student-athletes that I consider to be some of my best friends
My Michigan education provided me with a foundation for the future. Michigan's core value around diversity has impacted my life's work as an advocate and champion of the marginalized. It was at Michigan that I cultivated my skills as a writer and learned to think critically. But the greatest lessons that I learned were through my experiences as a swimmer. My coaches emphasized focusing on the process, not the product, in striving towards our goals. If we put in the work every day, then we would inevitably already be successful by the time we reached the big meet. That same mentality has gone far beyond swimming. Being the best in everyday life means that if you want an excellent product, you need to focus on excellence in the process.
Having the privilege of getting one of the best educations in the world while still competing in the sport you love is an experience that is hard to match. The academics are what make it all possible, what helps push you beyond your physical limits, and provide the portion of the Michigan experience that will last a lifetime, and provide you with options no matter where you end up.