Hi Cougar Fans!
Our 2017 season has come to a close, but it was definitely one of the most memorable ones yet (in my humble opinion). Throughout this season, we had accomplished several amazing things whether it was having several weekends where we went 4-0, or making Sue laugh as much as possible. Having our season end before we had the chance to go to nationals was a very emotional moment, but all the great wins, team laughs, and overall fantastic experiences we had over this season made it a successful one.
My two years within the ICC volleyball program have taught me some very valuable life lessons that I will carry with me to the professional world as well. This is because in addition to all the physical training we do, we do an incredible amount of mental training that has helped me on and off the court. Learning life skills such as resiliency, positive thinking, and focus has most definitely impacted my way of thinking in a most positive way. I am sure that these skills will be put to use in my future endeavors!
It is still strange for me to think about that this past season was my last season of playing an organized sport. I have played volleyball since I was in 6th grade, so living a life without having practices at least 3 times a week is going to take some adjusting to. However, I am very excited to continue my education at Florida International University next semester in Miami, FL! I will be studying international business there and possibly even studying abroad one more time. It will be quite the change from living in the Midwest, but I am beyond excited to experience a new culture and see everything Miami has to offer!
I am very fortunate to have spent the last two years playing volleyball for ICC. I will never forget all the amazing experiences and opportunities I have been able to have here, along with all the people I have met along the way. Moving on is bittersweet, but I will always remember my time here.
-Maria Alferova #1