May 27, 2010
Lobo Women's Basketball player Jordan Unverzagt takes you through her freshman year at UNM in the first segment of her summer blog, From the U. The blog will be updated weekly and will feature a Q&A with Coach Flanagan, incoming freshman introductions, 4th of July pictures, and much more!
Things to do: 1) Finish laundry 2) Call Mom back 3) Survive Freshman year of college. Check, check, check. And to be quite honest, I think the whole laundry part was the hardest of them all. I mean, who likes pairing socks anyways?
Many would think that, as a college athlete, the last thing on my mind is finding two socks that match. But, believe it or not, sometimes at the end of the day the only thing I'm worried about is when I'll find some time to do my laundry. A lot of people ask me how I find time in the day to get everything done, but it's easy to find a way to work around doing something you love. I was always afraid that playing basketball in college would be a job with more commitment than rewards. But that is not the case at all. For me, Lobo Basketball is a day-to-day challenge of giving continual effort towards finding the best in myself and the best in my team.
I guess I was destined to be a Lobo ever since my bald, cross-eyed, pigeon-toed, little body was born at UNM Hospital. I never would have believed that was the case growing up, though. I always pictured myself getting out of New Mexico for college. I blame it on a phase in high school. But Albuquerque had more opportunities for me than anywhere else I wanted to go. Where I took my first breath soon became the destination for my next and, even though the reasons may have been because of basketball, school, and family, something tells me it was actually my sub-conscious protecting me from living in a place where green chile does not exist. To play in The Pit, enjoy home-cooked meals every once in a while, and wear cherry and silver is truly a dream come true.
My first year at UNM has by far exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed meeting a lot of new people and forming close friendships with teammates the most. A lot of classes got me excited for working towards earning my degree in Mass Communications (Print and Broadcast Journalism). During the first month of classes, it's safe to say I spent a lot of time wandering around campus lost. Luckily many friendly people showed me my way and now I don't have to pretend I know where I'm going when other lost people ask for my help.
One of my favorite buildings on campus is the Student Union Building. It's a great place to socialize, eat, and study all in the same building, plus there is a balcony on the third floor that is great for soaking up the sun and looking at the stars. There are a lot of fun activities on campus that make my college experience more than just school and basketball. Some of my teammates and I enjoy playing sand volleyball and tennis right outside of our dorms. There's nothing like enjoying the weather, friends, and sunburn after studying on the weekends! It's the perfect combination of being away from home and at home at the same time.
It may seem as if all the fun is happening everywhere except for in the classroom, but, believe or not, class is a great time to make new friends. Granted I don't wake up early in the morning ecstatic for all of my courses, but there's always a few that I wish I could take over every semester. There's nothing like taking a good nap, I mean, listening to beautiful classical music in Music Appreciation every week. It was real, it was fun, but it wasn't real fun. (Just kidding, Professor Davis!) University Studies with Professor Adam Bubb was my favorite class so far. Having a great professor makes a huge difference, and going to local community centers to play with little kids for a few hours doesn't hurt either.
I am excited for this summer and new season to begin. All of the freshmen will be here in June and our 2010-2011 team will finally be united! Keep coming back every Friday to see what else is new From the U!