NEAC Senior Spotlight: Casandra Campion, SUNY Poly

NEAC Senior Spotlight: Casandra Campion, SUNY Poly

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the spring semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a senior student-athlete from one of the conference's member institutions by asking each student-athlete to reflect on their collegiate career by sharing "A Letter to My Freshman Self." This week, we hear from SUNY Poly's Casandra Campion.

Name: Casandra Campion
Sport(s):
Women's Volleyball, Women's Lacrosse
Hometown: Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Dear Freshman Cas,

Yes, people call you Cas now, weird right? --- just wait, there’s more.

You stepped on the court for the first time and immediately knew you were home. This is where you were meant to win a championship and lose some heartbreakers. You were meant to grow here, fail here, excel here, learn here, and love here. You were meant to be here.

Volleyball has been a sport you liked all through high school and you thought playing in college would be fun. What you don’t know was how good you could be. How you will earn a starting spot and how you will fall insanely in love with the sport. That first team and first coach will show you that you that were meant to be a volleyball player. You will play your heart out and work so hard. You get to be very busy in the next few years, so please, take advantage of the time you have there. Soak in the wins and learn from the losses. It will only make you better.

Oh lacrosse—yes you play lacrosse, told you there’s more. This sport will fall into your lap. Take it and run! This sport will change your life. You will learn how to cry while running, yes you do that a lot, but you will also learn to never stop giving it 100%. You will play with people who will teach you, support you and never let you feel discouraged; and for that you will forever be grateful. You will accomplish something not many will. Spoiler alert; you won a NEAC championship!! Things won’t always be that good, but never stop working and never stop being an example for others.

Now let’s talk about the college part. You will meet your forever friends here. You will learn so much from these people, good and bad. You’ll have your fair share of good times and bad times. My advice to you is be true to yourself. You’ll grow as a person these next few years and realize your worth. Friends will come and go, but trust me the world will go on. Stay positive and be a crutch for your friends because they will need it more then you know. Your forever friends will do the same for you and that’s when you’ll know they are there for the long run.

Oh, and by the way, you’re a registered nurse during your senior year, SO WEIRD. You will be told that you can’t have a full time job, go to school full time, and play two sports. I’m telling you right now that you can, and you will. You will definitely need to work on time management but I’m telling you its worth every second. It is worth the tears and the stress just to be able to step on that field and that court one last time.

Have fun and enjoy the best four years of your life.

Love,

Senior Cas

To learn more about SUNY Poly and Wildcats athletics, visit wildcats.sunyit.edu.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.