Eugene, Ore. - The women’s basketball program’s freshman class of Darriel Gaynor, Jasmin Holliday and Amanda Johnson are in Eugene this summer, taking classes and getting to know the city they will call home for the next four years. Each week a different player will be updating www.GoDucks.com on how things are going for the trio. This week, Jasmin checks in to tell us about the second week of school, life in the weight room, and a visit to the Olympic Trials.
We are now halfway done with summer school and let me tell you - they definitely know how to keep us busy over here. We’ve been doing everything from conditioning, to going to class, and it sure hasn’t been easy.
Coming to Eugene, I knew I would have a busy schedule, but I never knew it would be as crazy as it really is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m having lots of fun meeting new people and experiencing the college life, but it’s a huge transition that takes a lot of getting use to.
After experiencing the first week of college in Eugene, I went into my second week a little more confident and prepared. Going from conditioning, to class, to study hall everyday can be tiring, but I started to get the hang of it the second week.
I’ve learned how to manage my time very wisely, considering I used to be the worst procrastinator just two weeks ago. I love the new freedom that I get here. But I quickly discovered the more freedom you get the more responsibilities come along with it.
What I look forward to the most is playing open gym twice a week. That’s when we get to showcase our talent on the court playing anywhere from 3-on-3 to 5-on-5, and there’s a lot of competition playing with the Ducks. It gets me excited for the upcoming season and what we have to offer with all our talent.
On the other hand, what I really struggle with is weightlifting. Just typing the word makes me cringe. Lifting here at Oregon is no joke! It’s probably the best pain I’ve ever experienced, and I say that because although I struggle with it, I know it’s going to have a great effect on me once the season rolls around.
We finally went to the Olympic Trials to see what it was all about. And it’s just how it looks on TV... lots of people, food, and cheering was what we observed. Pretty crazy and hectic, but still very cool!
The first two weeks of summer school have been an amazing experience, and I hope to have many more awesome experiences to come in my
next four years as a DUCK!
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