SOS Memorial Day Tournament 2015

On Memorial Day Weekend 2015, the Cal Handball team traveled to Modesto to play at the SOS Club. We had a total of nine players in the tournament which was a record-high since I’ve been on the team.

First place in Women's Division

First place in Women’s Division

On the first day, Steve and I played in the B Doubles, which we lost. Since it was Single Elimination, we spent the rest of the day cheering on our teammates. The next day, I competed in the Women’s Division all day, winning all three matches (including one match that went to tie-breaker) to get 1st place.

Our team camped out in tents next to the club, like many of the players and families at the tournament did. It was great team bonding, something we hadn’t done since Collegiates back in February. The tournament provided lots of food too, including Barbeque on the first night. On the way back from Modesto, a few of us got Korean BBQ, in the Cal Handball tradition of post-tournament meals.

Extremely sore and tired, I fell asleep almost immediately after I got home. It was a great tournament and was a lot of fun. It was greater that almost the entire team played and that four of us medaled. Hoping to find time for handball post-college.

The Importance of Mentorship

From coaches to work bosses to people who inspire me on a daily basis, the mentors I’ve had and have come from many different backgrounds and facets of life. Each of them are geniuses in their own ways and fields. They’ve challenged my way of thinking, of playing the game, and of finally taking that leap of faith. Yet, they’ve also kept me grounded and humble, a skill I’ve learned to appreciate and admire.

Mentorship isn’t only about furthering your own desires and ambitions. It’s a two way street. It’s a relationship, a promise that you’ve made with that person but also one that they’ve made to you. It’s about showing up and being present, and hoping their guidance will take you places. Your success is their success and it will make them proud. Mentors are people who have been there before, been in your shoes. They’ve also been afraid to jump but they have, and now they’re here to tell you it’s possible.

I’ve been lucky to find mentors who believe in and root for me. They see potential where others see failure. They have that superhero ability to steer me towards the best I can be because they know what I’m capable of. More importantly, they know what I’m not capable of. They’ve all invested their time and consequently, part of their life, to help me develop socially, culturally, professionally.

Mentorship is important because you need someone outside your family to stand in your corner. You need to learn from others who share your passions, interests, and drive. You need someone to motivate you and, when the time is right, you need to motivate them. Mentorship is special because you get to cultivate both personal and professional relationships.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my own mentors and I recognize how each of them have significantly influenced and furthered a specific part of my life, whether it’s artistically, work-related, or athletically. I have countless fond memories of each of them and they’ve all seen me at my best and worst.┬áIn the 22 years of life so far, I’ve been extremely lucky to have mentors, five if I’m counting correctly. A few days ago, I gained another one and I’m sure that won’t be the last.

So seek someone out who inspires you in any way or someone you look up to. Don’t be afraid of the cold call or getting rejected and don’t sell yourself short. Chances are, there’s someone out there who has been in your shoes before and are more than happy to help.