Sept. 27, 2004
Howdy Ya’ll –
I figured that I would start off with a proper Texas greeting! My name is Sarah Griffin and I am a sophomore at FSU. This journal thing is something I think will be a great project. I wanted to start my first entry with a little background information about my teammates and I. I call Hereford, Texas, (a small town with a population of 14,597) home. Okay, so you’re asking: “where in the world is that?” Hereford is in the panhandle of Texas (also referred to as West Texas). I am about 45 minutes away from Amarillo, Texas. I am so very proud of the way I grew up and the background that I have.
When I was considering where I wanted to go to college I would have never imagined that I would end up at Florida State University. I knew it would not be easy to live 22 hours away from the people that had always supported me and never missed a day of my life. What made me choose Florida State, and why am I so happy to be here today?
First of all, the Florida State athletic department is something that has proved to be one of the biggest blessings in my life. I consider myself a homebody. There is no place in the world like my little red brick house on the corner of Juniper street. No one could ever replace my mom, dad and two younger brothers, and it was very hard for me to leave that comfort zone. However, I have met some amazing people within this athletic department and had opportunities of a lifetime. Mr. Charlie Carr, Ms. Pam Overton, Mr. John Lata and Ms. Kylie Amato are a few of the special people that come to my mind first. They are not only here to help athletes stay “eligible,” but to help us become better people and enjoy our life as athletes.
Secondly, and most importantly, my teammates are the main reason I love this school. It is so unreal to think how different each one of us are. We have girls from California to Brazil and all in between. Everyone has their own background and way of life, but we all come together for one purpose. I respect each one of my teammates, and love them to death. Some of the things that make them special to me are:
These small character traits may seem so unimportant, however, it is what makes our team who we are. With the opening of ACC play this past weekend we realized that something we have to have to become successful is each other. We can’t play as individuals with different backgrounds, but as a group of young women with a common future. If we can figure out a way to bring everything together and realize that our differences compliment each other, no one in the ACC or NCAA will be able to stop us. We have a lot of work to do in the gym, but you can be certain that our coaches will handle that aspect of our game. I hope that those reading this will come support these wonderful women. Have an amazing day! GO NOLES!
Sarah Griffin #13