In her final semester of college, senior lacrosse player Hannah Grow adds getting ready for the real world to her already busy schedule of academics, student teaching, lacrosse and other clubs.
Grow has been playing lacrosse since her sophomore year of high school. She decided to play when the school added lacrosse to the sports offered at the school. Lacrosse also runs in her family.
“I grew up just messing around with my cousins, and then when it came to my school as a club, I just decided to give it a try and ended up falling in love with it,” Grow said.
Knowing she wanted to continue playing in college, Grow started looking for schools where she could pursue an education major and play her favorite sport.
“I saw that [Franklin College] had a really good education program and that’s my major, so then I could do both here. I could have a great education and be able to play the sport that I love,” Grow said.
In addition to lacrosse and academics, Grow is involved in Education Club, Pi Beta Phi, and student teaching.
Grow said the biggest challenge with juggling lacrosse and academics has been time management. She said school always comes first, but she tries to give as much as she can when it comes to lacrosse.
“I want to make sure that I give it my all, and when I’m there I try to give 100 percent of what I have that day, even if it’s not very much of that day,” she said.
For Grow, being in a sport actually helps her de-stress from everything else going on in her life.
“It’s nice to just shoot a ball into the net as hard as you can. Nothing like a good stress reliever,” Grow said.
Although she’s played lacrosse since high school and learned to balance school work with a sport simultaneously, Grow said it is different in college because there is more independence and responsibility on her part.
“Here, there is no one to tell you how to do it,” she said. “In high school, I had my parents help a lot. They’re great, and they were always there for me. Here it’s just completely on your own. You have to figure it out on your own, and you’re an adult now.”
With this being her last semester of college, Grow reflected on some of the things she will miss most, including the people she has met playing lacrosse.
“I’ll miss lacrosse,” Grow said. “I’ll miss the people here, my teammates and my friends. I’ll miss how everyone’s in one place here. Next year, we’re all going to be in different places and it’s going to be sad.”
Grow does not plan to attend graduate school after this semester, but has not eliminated the option completely. Regardless of her decision, she plans to continue her lacrosse career by coaching one day.
“With being an education major, that was another thing to help me pick that major because I could coach lacrosse,” Grow said. “I want to move to either the east coast or the west coast because that’s where lacrosse is really popular. Being able to coach at any age level would be really cool.”
Even though it can be stressful to manage a sport with daily life, Grow said it is doable, especially when she remembers to stay positive and work hard.
“I always try to think that it’s all going to work out in the end,” she said. “If you work hard and you’re giving it all that you have and you’re doing the best you can, then everything will work out in the end. That’s how I try to look at it.”