I’m actually the Track and Field captain for the University of Essex Athletics Club, which I’m really proud of. It can be hard to not let losing affect me though. Last week I had a competition and I was disappointed in how I did, and I let it affect me. You only live once though and Athletics is what keeps me sane, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself!
I just want to do well in everything I do, but there’s a limit. If I’ve put loads of effort into my work and my training, and it doesn’t go to plan, then I need to remind myself that it doesn’t mean I’m not working hard.
I’m so glad I joined the team though, the regular exercise has improved my fitness and my mind set. In my first year I wasn’t doing any exercise and I was a bit depressed. Once I joined the team in second year everything changed. I’ve made so many new friends and it’s transformed my whole perspective. Now I’m really motivated to do well.
I wish I could go back and tell myself not to worry what other people think. I’d also say that Essex is a community, a team, and a family. It’s quite close-knit because everything is close together on campus and everyone is so multicultural and friendly. It’s a little bubble.