What’s up summer blog readers 🙂 You’re probably expecting a compelling, immaculate blog post after reading Maddie McLaughlin’s from last week. Well I’m just here to start off by saying, Maddie is like the Jane Austen or Emily Dickinson of our team, so mine may be a little less poetic. But good job Maddog, loved your work, hope to get your autograph soon.
My name is Grace Cergol, I’m an outside hitter and I’m going to be starting my SENIOR year in the fall. I just had to take a huge breath while typing that sentence out because I’m in complete and utter shock. Can someone please explain to me how I’m a senior already. I remember the first day of preseason freshman year where Kat, Sam, Shea, Abby and I basically didn’t say a word to each other… but aw look how far we’ve come (shoutout you guys, you’re the homies).
Before my last year of college commences, I’m trying to jam-pack as many activities as I can into these short summer months. To start it off, I immediately joined a gym and set up appointments with my physical therapist. Working out and training for this upcoming preseason is most of what I’m focusing on this summer. That and trying to get my bum knee back to normal, or my “new normal”. I’ve become more acquainted with the fact that I have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and push myself to heights that I’ve never reached before.
Other than profusely sweating at the gym, I’ve been interning for the Director of Marketing and Events at The Adecco Group. I’ve been able to part take in setting up and gathering details for corporate events here on Long Island and in New York City. In July I’ll be attending 3 different events in NYC including a Formula E meeting, which sponsors an electric race car company and a P4P event which is a women’s empowerment group and exposition. To say the least, this job is preparing me to take on the real world in less than a year. Yikes.
Sorry, have to take a break from writing, I’m trying to finesse our warm-up playlist.
(About 30 minutes later) Kk I’m back now. Still not done but if anyone wants to check it out on my spotify / give me suggestions, my username is gracecergol and the playlist is called GSUVB 19’ 😉 (self advertising btw).
Some other riveting things that I’ve done this summer, hmmm well.. I turned 21. Also yikes. My friends and family actually threw me a surprise birthday and I had negative idea that any of it was going on. Props to anyone who helped make that happen, you took advantage of my state of oblivion well because I had no clue. The other lovely thing I got to do that weekend was reunite with one of my best friends, teammates, and now known as Ms. Copenhagen, Shea Casey. I missed how entertaining you are and the amounts you can talk :). Glad to have you back girl. For the rest of the summer I plan on hanging with my friends and fam, GOING TO THE BEACH AS MUCH AS I CAN (i haven’t been once ~sad~) and my boyfriend, Elijah, and I are planning on going to Montreal to attend the musical festival, Osheaga. We both have never been to Canada eh so it should be tons of fun… updates to come. Oh and you know of course getting ready for the most epic 2019 season.
Lastly, I just wanted to give my little sis Mia a shoutout. Happy prom and graduation you stud 🙂 I know you may be distraught leaving high school and all of your friends, but these next four years of college are going to be a wild ride and probably the best years of your life. So cherish the memories you’ve made and look forward to the ones that’ll come. I know you’re going to do incredible things on the court this fall and make sure you bring home that ring!! It’s dawg time.
To my team – I am forever grateful to call you guys my second family and I plan on giving my everything to this last season and all of you. Lil froshies – don’t be worried or nervous. You are going to have the absolute time of your life playing vball and going to school here. Just remember to be yourself and stay confident. To my seniors – it’s our last ride. Honestly crying in the club writing this right now. I don’t know how on earth 4 years just flew by in a blink of an eye. Let’s play our hearts out in that gym this fall and get after it. Finally, I promise to the GSUVB fam that I will do everything in my power to be back in the gym grindin’ out with the rest of you. It may be extremely difficult at some points but I know you guys will have my back and pick me up when I need it… and of course I will always do the same for you people. I love you all.
HAPPY FLIPPIN SUMMER