The 2016 and 2017 cross country season one of my favorite CAS experiences. I made new friends, reinforced friendships with old friends and learned a lot about what it means to be a member of a team and to care for one’s health. Through Cross Country I have developed as a runner and as a member of a community. As a typically shy person, I was nervous to interact with and be friends with the people on the team. However, the nature of cross country and being on a team forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and talk to people.
Racing also forced me to be reflective and face my weaknesses and my strengths so that I could improve my times in racing. This reflection often lead me to practicing harder and putting in more of an effort. I also had to learn how to balance my school life, normal life, and cross country so I would not burn out or fall behind in school.