I always have been a night owl. The word “bedtime” often made me throw a tantrum, begging my mom for any last seconds I could be awake entertaining. Fast forward to today, my social skills have continued to develop and have allowed me to embrace everything that comes with college. But, I knew that I needed to find a passion that exhausted me by the end of the day. High School sports pushed me to work, sweat, and collaborate with individuals on and off a field. I feared going into college without the backbone of athletics constantly in my day to day schedule. I began to feel anxious in my freshman year and put my sneakers on one day and just simply ran a route. These runs would soon become the backbone to my routine at Bucknell. It has allowed me to build up my miles, two to four to eight… traveling through back roads and abandoned farms, experiencing Lewisburg. Learning how to work hard at something on your own has played an essential role in my ability in believing in myself, knowing that I can run on any path and sprint any hill. The challenge in our day is that kids always look past their shoulders, sometimes too much. The ability to experience being on a sports team is a blessing, but running has inspired me to learn how to be independent. It gives me a structured schedule that allows me to be a night owl, but also helps me look forward to resting. After running 13.1 miles in a race, and looking forward to my full marathon I will be running in 2021, I remain inspired knowing that I can control any route my life takes.