Cherishing every last moment

Courtesy Ellen Renfroe

Four years of working out, practicing and studying have brought Tennessee seniors Ellen Renfroe, Melissa Davin and Madison Shipman close together.

As the season winds down, the big question for every senior is “What’s next?” Will I go to graduate school? Where will I work? How will I find a job? However, for the time being, my fellow seniors and I are only concerned about giving our best for Tennessee. We are trying to enjoy every last minute we have with our teammates and to cherish every moment we get to wear “Tennessee” across our chests.

I think each of us could say our senior year has come faster than we ever thought. There were many days, especially during each fall of our careers, when we thought we would never make it. Every day in the fall we had to get up at the crack of dawn to go work out, go to class, rush to lunch and then head to a long afternoon of practicing. After that, we would hit the books and start all over again the next day.

Courtesy of Ellen Renfroe

Tennessee's seniors are trying to enjoy their last minutes with their teammates.

After four years of this, I think it is safe to say being a college athlete has taken a toll on us physically and mentally. I also think it is safe to say those moments when we thought we couldn’t go on are what have brought us closer together. Now that it is all coming to a close, all you can do is see the positive in what we have left. We are enjoying every meal, practice, workout and game we have to share with those we have spent the past four years with.

We do have to face the future at some point, though. Our two other seniors, Melissa Davin and Madison Shipman, will be completing their undergraduate degrees in the fall and graduating in December. I plan on moving back to West Tennessee to pursue a career in the social-work field. Right now, I am trying not to stress too much about life after college and trust that the Lord has it under control.

I think one of the biggest challenges is going to be adjusting to a new lifestyle. We will no longer have someone to push us in the weight room or be able to eat whatever we want. It will be a true test of how motivated and disciplined we are to keep ourselves in shape and live a healthy, active life. I think that is something I am most excited about, though. I am ready for a new challenge and to experience life on my own.

For now, though, it’s all about playing for BIG ORANGE COUNTRY! God Bless and GO VOLS!