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PASSIONS LEAD TO BIG THINGS

What is your passion? Many people get asked the question, what are you passionate about? To be frankly honest with you, I couldn’t answer that question until I started my freshman year of college. I knew I loved sports (especially college football) since Jr high school, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do in sports. I went through multiple phases to try and figure out where my heart belongs.

I first wanted to be in sports medicine. Sounds like a lot of fun right! I attended a summer camp one year where I got to see what it was like being an athletic trainer. It sure was a lot of fun. I wanted to do sports medicine for about two or three years. However, once I got into high school, I realized I didn’t want to do that anymore. My heart was not in it. Then I turned to video editing. I love watching all the edits on YouTube and ESPN, so I thought it would be a fun job. Well, that idea faded pretty quickly too. I didn’t have the passion for it. Then I turned to broadcasting. I am a very reserved and shy person so broadcasting was going to be a very challenging career for me. After trying to figure out exactly what career I wanted to pursue once I got to college, I started falling in love with writing. I took an English class during my freshman year and learned so much. I knew from that moment I found my passion. I knew writing was my passion because I fell in love with being able to write a captivating story that people will be intrigued to read. When I found my true passion, everything started falling into place. In my sophomore year of college, I came up with a wild idea to start a college football blog. So, I took the leap of faith and started a blog. In the summer of 2019, Gridiron Rush was born. Starting this blog has come with a lot of challenges. The biggest challenge I face is the fact that I am a woman in the sports industry. 

Being a woman in the sports industry can be very daunting at times because you are surrounded by men. After all, sports are dominated by males. It’s a man’s world as people say. However, I didn’t let that stop me. I love the game of football and nothing nor no one was going to get in my way of pursuing a career in college football. By taking the leap of faith to start my college football journey, I have learned so much. From learning to network with others in the industry to working on big collaboration projects to getting experience with interviews. Gridiron Rush has given me the opportunity and a platform to follow my passion and for that, I am thankful. Hopefully, one day I can turn my blog into a full-time career!!

To all the young girls out there wanting to pursue a career in sports. Do not be afraid. It can be challenging at times. But the journey will be worth it. I am now entering my second year of Gridiron Rush, and I am so excited to see what the future holds. You just need to take the leap of faith and most importantly don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Break those glass ceilings and knock down those barriers. Your voices deserve to be heard. Girls can succeed in the sports industry too. 

Trying to figure out your passion is can be very difficult. Trust me, it took me until college to figure out what mine was. If you can’t answer the question ‘’what are you passionate about’’ yet don’t worry. It may take a lifetime to figure that out.  In the mean time, just enjoy the journey and always remember, don’t be afraid to follow your dreams! 

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