In 7th grade, I joined the cross-country team because I already knew I enjoyed running, and my mom strongly encouraged me to try it. I immediately fell in love with the group of girls I got to see at practice everyday and the thrill of competing every weekend. I had tried numerous other sports, and even continued with softball until 10th grade, but running always remained my favorite. Continuing to run at RIT has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The team and coaching staff here is supportive and inspiring, and has helped me to grow into a better person, student, and runner.