Pause at the Release: Jamie Roloff
Feb. 16, 2012
Tulsa, Okla. - Pause at the Release is our periodic feature in which we highlight the perspective of one of our student-athletes. In these articles, the athletes share their personal experiences as part of the Golden Hurricane team with our wonderful supporters and community members. Here, you'll find the backstage story on TU Women's Rowing, told through the eyes of the athletes themselves. Check back often to see updates from more of your favorite rowers and coxswains.
Jamie Roloff on Seven Years of Rowing
Seven years of my life thus far has been completely and utterly devoted to rowing. In these seven years, not only have I shed endless amounts of blood, sweat and tears, but I have also gained a passion for something indescribable with words. Something so simple as one repetitive motion could captivate me into dedicating my life towards it. Throughout each of these years, I have pushed myself to a new threshold, one which I didn't realize I could reach. Freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years of high school I painstakingly climbed to the next level. Now, I am a freshman at The University of Tulsa, once again erasing goals I created prior to now, and etching new ones into the page.
My experience at this university has been everything I could ever ask for. I wake up every morning with an excitement for every day I'm here. Sometimes, I wake up my roommate with a loud and obnoxious "good morning!" Each day we begin with weights, followed by classes, and ending with practice. Although being a college athlete is tiring, it is equally as rewarding. One day we are all doing an erg piece together, and the very next day we are as a group navigating the obstacles of a ropes course. We are one cohesive unit, and as Natalie Hall would say, "we all bring a different light to this team." Every woman has her own personality, and getting to know each of these personalities has been an adventure. I always have in the back of my mind that these women will be my friends forever.
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