It isn't Yale or CSU Fullerton or Johns Hopkins or any of my other dream colleges, but it is a real university with the program I've come to see as my calling in life: EMT-Paramedic. And for a kid with parents just poor enough to fuck him out of financial aid but not able to actually assist with college fees, this is a pretty big deal.
Yet what I am most excited for is the fact that Central has a rugby team. And it is a good, competitive rugby team. For someone who was undersized for athletic endeavors in high school, being able to take up a team sport where people are unlikely to have an experience edge is incredibly appealing. So appealing that I have been busting my ass nightly with working kicks and sprints to get where I am not a detriment to my future squad.
If I end up doing 4 years at Central, I want to be the captain of the team before I leave the pitch for my final college game.
No point in playing if you aren't competing at the highest level you can.
Or really doing anything, in my opinion.
Boring specifics that only ruggers will care about?
I want to play openside flanker. Often trusted to be the most physical and fit person on the team. At 5'10 I'll be undersized and plan to put on an extra sheet of quality muscle before the season starts to help compensate.
I ordered a pair of Canterbury Wero Pro boots, and love them. It is strange to run in screw-in cleats though, they seem much heavier than any other footwear I've owned.
4 weeks until first practice.
20 until first game.
Tomorrow I go up to Ellensburg for advising, housing, and VA help.
Wish me luck.