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New year, new hope, but do not forget the past

Column first appeared on edinboronow.com on Sept. 2, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Sept. 3, 2015.

The oft-used saying with professors when turning in tardy classwork is, “better late than never.”

That seldom accepted excuse is perfect to start off this column. I envisioned this piece capping off last school year, my first in the Boro and my inaugural year as Sports Editor for this publication. However, there was too much success produced by Edinboro’s student-athletes last academic year, and well, we only have so much space. Which certainly was a great problem to have.

The 2014-15 academic year was a great one for Boro athletics and for myself. I made the transition to college, embarked on many new endeavors and came out alive. Edinboro saw multiple teams qualify for conference and regional tournaments with even a few receiving national attention.The women’s cross country team won both the PSAC and the Atlantic Region titles. The wrestling squad captured the PSAC and the EWL crowns on its way to its first national trophy as it finished third at the national championships, notching the best finish in program history.Many Fighting Scots were recognized with All-American honors for their efforts on the field, including Becca Costello (’15), who became the first Boro women’s soccer player to earn an athletic All-American accolade.

Additionally, maybe even more impressive, 110 Edinboro student-athletes were named Scholar-Athletes, recognizing their success both in the classroom and on the athletic fields.

However, that was last year. This is 2015, a new academic year. With it comes a fresh new mindset, new goals, a new semester, new professors, new roommates, new classmates and new teammates. The 2015-16 academic year is a new start, but one that should build on the past, regardless of whether it was good or bad. This may be the sports section of the paper. This may be where it’s talked about who wins or loses, who scored and who committed an error, but the message extends beyond athletics.

It’s September, classes have just begun and you still can tolerate whom you live with; this is the best chance to fix what was wrong, improve what is already going well and maybe try something different. Although some detest sports and see them just as games, they truly do bleed over into real life. Many of the mindsets and lessons learned fit well into everyday people’s lives including this one.

Without sports, there’d be no next year. And without a next year, there wouldn’t be a chance to learn from the past, build off of experiences or learn from mistakes. The errors one would commit would simply just be their life.

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