NEAC Senior Spotlight: Raegan Horst, Lancaster Bible

NEAC Senior Spotlight: Raegan Horst, Lancaster Bible

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 learn more about Lancaster Bible's Raegan Horst.

Name: Raegan Horst
Sport(s): Women's Soccer, Women's Lacrosse
Hometown: New Holland, Pa.

Hey Rae,

It’s me, Raegan just a few years older. What a crazy ride you’re about to embark on! Everything you think you have planned for your life is about to change. You will change your major which propels you to change schools and results in you staying an extra year of school to finish with your bachelors and master’s degree. Transferring after your freshman year will also allow you to become a two-sport collegiate athlete where you will get to learn a new sport for the first time! The next five years will be full of great highs and low lows, but it has all shaped you into who you are today.

Your sport does not define you.

This was a lesson that you will learn early on in your experience. During your sophomore soccer season, you will tear your ACL, you will not be able to play your first ever season of lacrosse in the spring. You will have a long road ahead of rehab and regaining what you had before the injury. You will sit on the side lines desperate to learn your new sport and anxious to just play again. You will listen to others complain about having to practice, when all you desired to do is be on the field. This will be a humbling pill to swallow as you patiently learn and work to get better. Through it all you will learn that playing a sport is an opportunity that can be taken away at any time, so make the most of each day you are given (even the tough days).

GRACE, GRACE!

Just enjoy each time you get to be on the field and playing the sport you love. It is easy to get a bad attitude and be frustrated, but your frustration will take away from the joy you get when you play. Give yourself grace. The perfectionist in you will strive for perfection, but it is unattainable, so give yourself grace when things don’t go as planned.

Everything happens for a reason and your college athletic experience may not have been the one you imagined but be thankful for the opportunity. Your experience is unlike anyone else! You will be able to play two collegiate sports with your younger sister which will strengthen your relationship and be something you will cherish forever! Athletics will give you many memories and will always be part of your life. As you enter a new chapter at the end of these five years you will always be thankful for your years as a college athlete and the aches and creeks in your bones will be a constant reminder of what you were able to be a part of.

Here is to the next journey and all that comes with it! Best of luck!

To learn more about Lancaster Bible and Chargers athletics, visit lbcchargers.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.