It's never fun losing, especially to your rival.
We all have those amazing memories when it comes to sports. Sometimes it is from winning tough games, but most of the amazing memories that we have come from the teammates that we shared those wins with. Teammates are the people who you spend so much time with that you eventually become a family. Teammates do more than help just win a game; they can be there through everything. There's always that one teammate that stands out from the rest, and this letter is for you.
Thank you for being selfless.
Looking back, I remember a lot of teammates. Some were great and some were not that great. I've had teammates who have only cared about their playing time. I've had teammates that have only cared about if they score more goals or more points than anyone else. You did not care about that. If the coach told you to play a position that you did not want to play, you still played it without a complaint. If I was tired at a certain position and wanted to switch you, you did it. You never complained about where you were playing or how many goals you had; you just wanted the team to win.
Thank you for having my back.
The best kinds of teammates are the ones that support you no matter what you do. I got a red card? That referee is stupid. I got into a fist fight during a game? You were the first one next to me swinging. Some girl makes fun of me on social media for messing up in a game? You were roasting her in her mentions. Even if I was right or wrong, you always supported me no matter what I did.
Thank you for seeing me at my worst and building me back up.
There are always times in an athlete's life where we run to the point to where we need to throw up. There are times where we go through games and miss too many shots. There are times where we get a little too mad at our coaches and feel as if we cannot deal with it anymore. You were the one that got me through it. When I was in the middle of a run and my lungs were burning, you stayed right next to me and reminded me that there wasn't much longer to go, even if there was. You always reminded me how capable I was by yelling at me and telling me to go score. You've seen me tired, sweaty, crying, screaming and throwing up. After all that, you still went out of your way to build me back up and I cannot thank you enough for that.
Thank you for making me love the game.
Without people like you, I would have had a very rough ride through my sports career. I have had teammates that have made me go home crying because they were so mean and rude. I have had teammates who have only cared about themselves. Without you, I would've forgotten what a good teammate is. Looking back, all I remember is the celebrations, the screaming random songs in cars and us hating each other's exes automatically... Then talking about all these things at practice. Thanks for being a leader with me. Without you and the rest of the team, I would not have loved the sport that I played.
As the semester is coming to an end and graduation is around the corner, I will like to share my experience with the Rutgers SAS students who wish to pursue an Art Major. Surely, you will be taking classes at Mason Gross and here are some things that you should know during your journey of majoring in Art.
1. The Mason Gross printers aren't the only printers for your art projects
As a student from the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences who is majoring in Art, I am unable to have any access to the Mason Gross printers. Since then, I have avoided taking any design classes in Mason Gross. Then one day during my last semester when I find it inconvenient asking my classmates to help me print out my last project, I have stumbled on a printing center in the Downtown area around Mason Gross and the staff there are really nice to help print out my project. And the prices for printing are very affordable. If I have known this printing center existed, I'll be taking a lot of design classes. Also, if you are running out of print credits too, this will be a great backup as well.
2. Parking a car in the Downtown area around Mason Gross is not free
I've known many students in Mason Gross that are commuters and they have parked their car in the Downtown area. I have been told that the parking garages in the Downtown area charge $3.00 for one hour of parking. What is even worse, the parking garage charges $13.00 for 5 hours. That's very expensive.
3. You get more credit if you complete more than 42 hours for the Visual Arts practice requirement
For an Art major from the School of Arts and Science, you are required to obtain two credits to fulfill the visual practice requirement. That is, one credit equals forty-two hours in an art internship or working in a gallery (most students tend to work in the gallery at Mason Gross). Since I have taken a Byrne Seminar (that relates to art) in my earlier semesters, I only need one more credit to fulfill the visual arts practice requirement.
Of course, I took an internship in an art gallery and kept track of my hours. After completing my internship, I realized that I worked for 160 hours. Once I handed in those 160 hours along with the signature of the art gallery's president to the Mason Gross undergraduate advisor, the Mason Gross undergraduate advisor has given me 3 credits instead of just two credits. This will be a major boost for those trying to graduate on time.
4. You have to get used to seven hours of class time
These hours of class time are very long. I had classes that go up from 11:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. and classes from 2:50 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Luckily, teachers gave out breaks and at least an hour of lunch or dinner. And also, they usually teach for the first few hours and the rest of these hours are devoted to studio time for students working on projects. So pretty much, you are going to be learning and working at the same time.
5. You have to get used to lots of walking
One word of advice, you can never rely on the EE bus all the time because there are times when the bus will never arrive on time. Walking from College Ave Campus to Mason Gross is not easy, especially when you are carrying your projects and your art supplies. Even if you are walking to the closest bus stop in the Downtown area or going to your car in the parking garage, walking takes a lot of effort.
Given these points above, are you thinking of pursuing an Art major in Rutgers?