July 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – This summer, student-athletes on the Ohio University soccer team have been writing a weekly blog series about their lives as Bobcats. The series began early in May and will carry all the way through the first five games of the 2013 regular season.
Rising redshirt junior goalkeeper Rachel Fryan (Racine, Wis.) continues the series with their entries for the week of July 15.
My 2013 Summer Break by Rachel Fryan
My summer has been very busy, to say the least! In fact, I think it’s been the busiest, most exciting summer yet. This summer I’ve been living in good ol’ Wooster, Ohio, because I have an internship at a fruit spread manufacturer. I am working for the IS department, so according to my friends it’s a bunch of computer jargon that they check out when I begin with “I’m working with...” but to me it is the most fascinating thing in the world! It is such a great company to work for, and I can’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say it has its perks. All of my teeth are sweet, so one of the major challenges of my day is passing up the perfectly baked cookies, pies, cakes, and cupcakes. They make them in the test kitchen and they are just perfect. I may have indulged once or twice, but for the most part I try to stay away!
Working 40 hours a week has taken up the majority of my summer but I’ve still been able to do a ton! The first part of my summer, I was working and had an online class, so my time was much more limited. Starting in May I got to go to a wedding in Michigan, see a concert, visit with family from California, see old friends in Cleveland, golf in the ladies’ league, go to an amusement park, see a professional baseball game, shop, make a video, see a bunch of my teammates, watch every episode of one of my favorite sitcoms in less than a month, and I think that sums it up.
The one thing that has been fantastic is training. I use the facilities at a local college, and let me tell you, it is nice! They have a turf field with a brand new track around it. They also have two soccer fields that look and feel like carpet. Best place to play barefoot! It is not a bad gig at all. I also found a sweet gym to lift in that used to be an old restaurant. They have everything I need and more, although I could do without the screamo music. I swear there must be an unwritten rule that guys have to lift to heavy metal and screamo. I don’t get it, so I just bring my own music and do my thing. The major problem with working out is finding time to do it. It’s either early morning before work, or after when I’m ready for dinner, so I try to do it before. Considering I have to be at work at 8 a.m., it allows me to see some beautiful morning sunrises. That is another thing about Wooster: I have no idea why but the sunrises and sunsets are some of the prettiest I have ever seen, and that’s including the ones in Florida. Whether I’m working out late or early, it’s always gorgeous.
Well, this week marked my last week of work. It was a pretty amazing week! On Wednesday, I went to Canton to see another concert. On Thursday, I had my final presentation to the leadership team, which included the VP of IS. I am the only intern presenting, so all eyes will be on me. After that, on Friday, I will be headed to Athens for one night to hang out with whoever is free. Saturday I will wake up and drive to the Scon (if you’re not Steph Demake - Wisconsin) where I will stay the night at my old house, then head up to a goalkeeper camp in northern Wisconsin. After that week it’s family vacation, and then back to Athens to begin preseason. I’m so excited to see everyone and to get back into the swing of things with soccer. Anyway, I just wrote a novel and would like to congratulate you for reading this entire thing to the end!
Peace out, girl scout. #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork.
Week of May 13: Nicole Amari
Week of May 20: Annie Beard and Gabby Hausfeld
Week of May 27: Natalie Bechtel and Sasha Haverchak
Week of June 3: Heather Buckwald
Week of June 10: Grace Campbell
Week of June 17: Brieanna Charlebois and Leah Sandercock
Week of June 24: Erin Feeney
Week of July 1: Liz Finley
Week of July 8: Tonya Frasik and Alex Stec
Week of July 15: Rachel Fryan
Week of July 22: Mattie Liston and Maggie Murnane
Week of July 29: Lauren Haley
Week of August 5: Nicolle Varney and Holly Harris
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