This has been such an exciting year for figure skating, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. I felt so fortunate to be training at the Skating Club of Boston. Leading up to nationals all of the top skaters in Boston were working so hard, dealing with the stress of the Olympic year, and handling everything with grace. It was inspiring to train alongside such amazing people.
I had the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Trials with less pressure than the medalists experienced. The Boston fans were so supportive and I tried to show the crowd just how much fun I was having during my programs. I knew that I had worked so hard to reach that level of competition, but I also felt so lucky to be there. I will never forget the feeling of performing for that many people. A few highlights were Dorothy Hamill telling me she loved my program, being interviewed by Michael Buckley, and watching some friends make the Olympic team. All in all, it was a pretty amazing week.
After nationals I focused on school. I knew that I could keep training and going to college if I wanted to, but it had been a difficult year. I’m impressed by anyone who goes to college and trains. I wasn’t entirely happy at my school in downtown Boston, so I applied to five more schools. At the beginning of May I found out that I was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania. I could either keep training and go to school in Boston, or I could go to Penn. Since I felt ready to stop training and experience college life more, I have decided to attend Penn in the fall, where I’ll be majoring in neuroscience.
There is nothing I would change about the decisions or sacrifices I’ve made during my skating career. Each experience has taught me so many lessons that I will apply to my entire life. Skating is still a huge part of who I am and I love going to the rink. I’m coaching this summer and I may continue with that during college. I really can’t thank the skating community enough for their endless support.