NEAC Senior Spotlight: Damaris King, College of Saint Elizabeth

NEAC Senior Spotlight: Damaris King, College of Saint Elizabeth

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." Our first letter comes from Damaris King at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Name: Damaris King
Sport(s): Women's Basketball
Hometown: Palmyra, N.J.

Dear Damaris, 

The time that you have been waiting for is finally here. You are officially a collegiate student-athlete. You are free to create your own rules and control your destiny, but with this freedom comes a lot of responsibility. You have to be your biggest advocate and supporter. No one will be hovering over you to make sure that you are doing the right thing, that’s all up to you. Fortunately, this isn’t a major problem for you because you are determined. This determination will carry you through out the rest of your career. 

This season of your life will definitely be challenging, but I promise that the good will outweigh the bad. For example in the beginning you will have a ton of morning workouts and practices. This won’t be your favorite thing in the world but look at it this way, at least you’ll have the rest of the day to yourself. Eventually you’ll get into a groove. Also, time management will be key so, take advantage of your resources. Regardless of what direction stress may come, whether it be from school, basketball, or life in general, always remember that your steps are ordered. It may seem like you have heard this often growing up but, it is true. Don’t worry so much, regardless of the situation. 

On the court you will have some days, especially in the beginning, where you doubt yourself and wonder why you still play this game. Those days will be rough but they won’t last. Then you’ll have those days that remind you of why you ever picked up a basketball. These days will remind you why you fell in love with this game in the first place, and will continue to show you why you still are. 

The most important advice that I can give you is to NOT THINK SO MUCH!!! Just play the game. After some time you’ll realize no matter what the play is or what defense you are in, the principles of the game remain the same. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You can’t do anything about the past so why worry about the things that you can’t control? What you can control is how hard that you work in the present moment. So give your very best each time because if you don’t you will end up regretting it.  

Finally, I want you to cherish every second of this college experience because they weren’t lying when they said that it would go by fast. These four years will teach you so much about basketball, yourself, and others. Soak up all the knowledge that you can. From this experience you will gain life long friendships and a new family. Be grateful for this because there are plenty of people who do not get this chance. 

Love, 

Your Future Self

To learn more about the College of Saint Elizabeth and Eagles athletics, visit cseathletics.com.

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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.