The next chapter

Hi everyone. It has been a while since I’ve posted an update about what I’ve been up to. A lot of big decisions and changes have been made. I decided in April to take some time away from skating. Many factors played a role in this decision but overall my goal is to focus on school and figure out who I am outside of the sport. I still skate weekly because my love for the sport will never fade. Now that I have a lot of extra time on my hands I began coaching figure skating more often. I have four students that I coach weekly and I substitute for other coaches when needed. Additionally, I have choreographed five programs. I have found choreography to be one of my passions and an area that I would like to continue to pursue.

When I’m not at the rink I’m studying. I have a year left of my undergraduate education at Michigan State University. I live walking distance from campus and love being a “normal college student.” I am studying psychology to become a sport psychologist. I am taking nine credits this summer and a full class load in the fall and spring to fulfill my requirements to graduate spring 2020. I plan to go to graduate school so I am also studying for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). I will take the GRE at the end of this summer and apply to graduate schools in the fall.

I am unsure whether or not I will begin training again or compete. It is not completely out of question but for right now, taking a break is the right decision. I miss training and competing but pursuing my education and career has taken priority. Thanks for always rooting for me, I’m excited to see what comes next.

–Hannah