by Katie Yeaton
For those who know me, you know I don’t like to play favorites, but I will make an exception this one time. Want to take a guess about my favorite sport? Without scrolling down or looking ahead…
Well, this article might give you a bit of a clue: http://theodysseyonline.com/oregon-state/am-not-twirl-girl/357840
My favorite sport is baton twirling and as this blog so perfectly describes there are a vast amount of prenotions toward the sport. No, it is not gymnastics, nor is it cheerleading or color guard. Each of these sports are brilliant in their own merit. Baton twirling is an art and sport upon its own. I have been twirling since I was eight and reading this article I could not help but think how spot on Danielle addresses twirler life. As the feature twirler for my high school, I remember the first time a fellow band member pick up my baton and attempted to twirl. They quickly realizing they could and would wack themselves in the head with one loop, so they handed back my baton. Of course I would challenge folks not to give up on the first go and I would show them a few basic wrist motions, but to attest Danielle’s point, baton twirling is a sport that requires patience, practice, and persistence.
When I first looked at UNLV for graduate school, I have to admit the idea of twirling during my Master’s was in the back of my head. I am so fortunate and grateful for the opportunity I have been awarded to twirl with the Star of Nevada Marching Band and represent the Rebels at competitions, local events, and my coaching efforts. I am also every so thankful our band does not harp on point number five from Danielle’s list. Like I said, I have been twirling since I was eight and “Stars and Stripes Forever” will forever be engraved in my memory playing on repeat. So, going back to my first point, if you are looking at graduate schools and are considering joining marching band, pep band, dance team, cheer, color guard, or trying out for a twirling position, do it! You do not have to be in undergrad to show your school spirit. :)
Moreover, I love twirling and I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had through this sport. The people who I have met and the places I have been. I can honestly say I would not be the same person I am today without this sport in my life. Moving forward, I am hoping to use this passion, as well as my enthusiasm for student affairs and conduct further research...but I will keep you posted when that happens. For now, let’s get to the end of spring semester.
Thoughts? Positive vibes? Please feel free to share. :)