9 Thoughts Every Southerner Has When Learning How To Ski

9 Thoughts Every Southerner Has When Learning How To Ski

We can't all be good at everything, right?
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While I am writing this, I am currently on a ski trip with my family in Colorado, and my body feels like it is falling apart. "Why?" you may ask. Because I just spent the day looking like a baby giraffe that's been trying to walk for the first time, aka learning how to ski. Honestly, I am just surprised I survived a full day of ski school without dropping out. Skiing was literally the most difficult thing I have ever tried to learn. Don't get me wrong, skiing is a ton of fun once you get the hang of it, so I have heard. But while I was learning how to do something completely out of the norm for me (since I am a girl from Louisiana who has seen snow a whopping two times) I had a lot of thoughts going through my head during this experience, mainly questions.

So, if you're a Southerner, and you have never tried skiing, here are some thoughts you may experience for when you do:

1. This skiing thing doesn't look too hard! I will definitely have it down in no time

Sorry to break it to you, but that's going to be a hard no.

2. Walking in your ski gear is a lot harder than you pictured it

^ How you and your ski school pals look waddling around in the 80 layers of clothes you're all wearing

3. Wait what is going on? And Could I die?

^ Me when the ski instructor said "OK, Madison, show us what you got?"

Ummm, I have literally nothing. Please don't expect much. Or anything at all.

4. What is "wedging" and why do I suck at it?

Turns out wedging is the important little maneuver that helps you slow down/stop. So... let's just say I was going pretty fast most of the time. unintentionally.

5. Why are all these kids so much better than me?

Did that pack of six-year-olds really just pass me up on the bunny slopes?

6. There's no way in hell I'm getting off this ski lift

Wait, so you want me to ride this ski lift to the top of a mountain and then jump off?? Sorry, I think I rather die a different way, but thanks for the idea.

7. Oh, I think I'm kind of getting the hang of it!!!

Sooooo, I'm basically ready for the winter Olympics, right? Someone sign me up.

8. Oh, false alarm, I still suck

But that's OK because no one's an Olympic athlete after a few hours, plus it's almost lunchtime, so that's a plus!

9. I may not be the best, but at least I didn't die!

I'll be skiing on the black slopes next year. Or maybe just not the bunny slopes.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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5 Places In Madison, WI For The 'Outdoorsy Type'

If you love spending time outside, this one is for you!

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I have always been an avid fan of the outdoors. From camping, to hiking, to canoeing, I love it all! In an effort to get to know my new home of Madison, WI a little bit better I decided to compile a list of some great places to check out around the city if you're one who enjoys time outside. I asked several of my floormates, friends, and classmates what some of their favorite outdoor destinations around Madison are. I combined these answers with a few of my personal favorites and came up with what I think are 5 of the top outdoor spots to check out in Madison.

1.Picnic Point

On the far reaches of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve lie Picnic Point. UW students and community members alike flock to Picnic Point year round to enjoy an escape from bustling city life and a breath of fresh air.

2. Allen Centennial Garden

Located in the Lakeshore neighborhood of the UW campus, the Allen Centennial Garden is a beautiful spot to enjoy expertly crafted floral arrangements. The garden is open from 8AM-8PM Monday-Friday and is available to the public!

3. The Lakeshore Path

Running from the Memorial Union terrace all the way through the Eagle Heights neighborhood, the Lakeshore Path is an easy, and visually stunning way to get across campus. A walk, jog or bike along the path down the shores of Lake Mendota is guaranteed to put you in a great mood.

4. Lake Wingra

Lake Wingra is a bit further away from the UW campus than the other places that I've listed, but well worth the journey. It's beautiful shores provide a calming place to unwind and explore.

5. The Memorial Union Terrace

I would be remiss not to mention the famed Memorial Union Terrace. A shining landmark of Madison, the terrace is the perfect place to relax with friends and provides a beautiful view within the midst of the city.

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