I will never forget the first time I met the team. My mom had just left, for good, after helping me set up my dorm room freshmen year. I felt utterly alone. I sullenly walked to Gracie's (the dining hall) for the scheduled team dinner with tears slipping out of the corners of my eyes. I did not know anyone. They did not know me. That did not matter. The captain of the team at that time came right up to me, introduced herself, hugged me, and simply told me it was going to be alright. That is my team. We are more than friends. We are a family. I feel so blessed to be able to spend every day of my college career, the ups and the downs, alongside my sisters. That is why I want to run the Tiger Trail. Because I love this group of women with all of my heart. And obviously we all love running, perhaps to a obsessive extent, but that's okay. I want to show RIT, New York, the country, the world, how proud I am of myself and my team, my family. We are women on a mission, and while I am doing this run for myself and team, I am also running the Trail in the hopes that other young women are empowered by the run. I want to inspire them (women) to not be afraid of going for the great, working hard, and being successful. If the story of this run makes a positive impression on one young girl out there, then it will have been a success in my eyes, and a beautiful one at that.