By Courtney Brewer ’15
They say, “Good things come to those who wait,” but I beg to differ. I think good things come to those who are patient but have a go-getter mentality.
Those who aren’t afraid to keep trying after many failures.
Those who persevere and keep fighting for what they want.
Those who don’t let a challenge, big or small, force them to lose sight of their goal.
Those who have an encouraging support system, and those who invest in a dream and work towards it.
For various reasons, I’ve always dreamed of playing overseas. The game is so different there. Everything from the speed of the game, the gyms, language barriers, to training, traveling, and even the ball, is different than in the USA. When I went to Boston for Spring Break ’15, I had no idea I would be presented with information that would point me towards an opportunity of a lifetime: my chance to FINALLY play overseas.
I was given the knowledge along with a little encouragement, but it was up to me to decide how I wanted to use it. Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to decide I wanted to go overseas, but now while I am here I am getting my Master’s in Art & Design and playing the sport I love. I always said I would never pursue a master’s degree, but when the opportunity arose for me to play and go to school in another country, I couldn’t turn it down. What better place to learn about art and master my craft than on the continent where many art gods, so to speak, lived and did the same.
I am attending Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK and so far I love EVERYTHING about this city, which is good considering I had to become a citizen of the UK because of how long I’ll be here.
Obviously, it’s a bit different than home and I’m still adjusting, especially in terms of food, time change, the currency they use. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve almost been hit by a car driving on what I happened to think was the wrong side of the road, but I’ve only been here since mid-October, so I’m still learning!
I’d like to think human nature is the reason most people have to be forced out of their comfort zones, so it may seem weird that I willingly left mine, hopped on a plane, and moved THOUSANDS of miles away to another continent. I’d also like to think being a member of the Lynchburg College Women’s Basketball team prepared me not just for the next game of basketball, but for the next game after college, which is life. It took me some time to realize this, but if you’re not pushing yourself or your teammates in practice to go 100 percent and beyond, then you’re not helping them or yourself become a better player/person. If this doesn’t happen, no one is being forced out of their comfort zone and being made to adapt to a new situation.
LCWB taught me how to grow up. I matured not only as a player, but as a person. Being a member of LCWB was a great privilege and honor, and I honestly could not imagine life at LC without that. My teammates and coaches became my family, and to this day I would still go to war for them. There is no greater feeling than the one you get once you take the floor and realize you have 13 other girls, who at the end of the day, no matter win or lose, ALWAYS have each other’s back. For me it was also important to wear that jersey with pride, for those that came before me and shared the same blood, sweat, and tears. I never played against a guard I thought was more talented than me. It is always a state of mind, fight or flight. Am I going to do what I can to help my team win or am I going to tuck my tail and let this girl score all over me? I always picked to fight because the pride I had in my team and that jersey was something worth fighting for.