Over the course of this preseason and fall, Western Carolina women's soccer senior Samantha Hodge will give an insightful look in the Catamount soccer, and her busy schedule, with her video series "What's Up with Samantha?" as well as a complimentary blog.
Hodge will give fans a look into not only the soccer team but her busy schedule. She is a President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as the athletic representative for the student government association. She has taken on numerous other roles which she will share in upcoming updates.
Hodge's Blog Entry Number One:
So this is my first blog post! My name is Samantha Hodge, and I will be a redshirt senior this year for Western Carolina's Women's Soccer program. I am from Louisville, Kentucky, but Cullowhee has become my new home over the past four years. I love being a Catamount and I love my teammates as if they were sisters. Last year we lost two seniors, but we are gaining 5 new freshmen and a transfer as well! We have all been training hard, and we are expecting big things of ourselves this year.
It is the middle of July now and our Preseason Training doesn't start until the first of August. As quickly as I want to get back on the field, I am not ready for my soccer career to be over. However, I am ready for one of the best seasons yet. This summer I have been training a lot. Training consists of sprints, long distance, yoga, abdominal workouts, lifting weights, and of course training with the ball. In the midst of training though, I have also been enjoying myself. I took a summer class and worked in the month of May, but in June I spent time with family in Chicago and Cincinnati. I also went to Florida for two weeks with some friends.
During kids' camp I will be starting a video blog called "What's Up With Samantha?" I am really excited to do this blog for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is because it will allow me to share how much fun I have with all my teammates. The laughs and jokes we have are endless.
We have always talked about having our team captured on video and how it would make for good TV, so maybe this will be a good chance for us to become the stars we have always talked about. Haha.
I have started this blog and the video blog though in hopes of getting some more exposure for myself to hopefully get some more recognition for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and for All-American. These are huge national honors, and it would be awesome to be apart of an elite group of individuals that have won these previously. But more later... having family dinner- salmon and broccoli!