“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~Seneca
Although the first year on a college gymnastics team can be nerve-wracking, gymnasts like Towson’s own Ally Wesoly, prove that a fresh beginning may be just the change you need.
“This year was super challenging in the sense that I had to adapt to a new team, a new gym, new coaches, and basically a new life,” Wesoly said in an email interview. “It has opened up my eyes on how rewarding it can be to be a student athlete and have the opportunities that we have. It’s been exciting, memorable, and exhausting but I think most of all this was a huge learning year for me.”
Ally was surprised at how nervous she was to compete in her first collegiate meet. Competing is her favorite part about gymnastics, and she said she was excited to get back on the floor again. “My adrenaline was so high just because college gymnastics is so different than club (gymnastics),” Wesoly said.
The Towson University Gymnastics program has exceeded Ally’s expectations. She found herself striving to get better as the year went on, which was not a feeling she was used to having on her club team. Wesoly considers her new coaches “incredible” and their support pushes Ally to push towards her fullest potential. Wesoly describes it as “a ripple effect of support in the gym.”
When asked about the hardest part of competing at away meets, Wesoly responded: “competing at someone else’s home competition because we don’t have the huge crowd we normally would behind us so the energy is not as high, which then brings on the challenge of our team picking up and maintaining our own energy.”
When the team goes to a bigger, more popular school, Ally’s coaches tell them to ‘stay in your bubble.‘ This visual allows the gymnasts to keep their focus and energy on themselves.
For any high school gymnast out there interested in collegiate gymnastics, Ally would tell you to, “Do it. Just do it. You get incredible opportunities to travel around the country with a group of girls that becomes your family. You make memories that will stay with you for forever and it is a great way to represent your school.”
Ally has learned so much about herself, as well as enhanced her physical and mental abilities. She considers her first year experience hard but rewarding. She can’t wait for all that is in store for her future years as a Towson tiger.