Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins gains perspective

All good things must come to an end.

I would like to take the time to say that I am truly proud of my team and what we were able to accomplish this year by playing in the national championship. We had a great run in the tournament.

Those girls around me really pushed me and challenged me to be the best that I could be, and never let up. Never in my life have I invested so much into one team and one goal than I did this season. Our seniors will truly be missed.

For a student-athlete, the end of the season can be bittersweet. Saying goodbye to seniors could be hard. On the other hand, fatigued bodies are allowed to rest for a while. Also, more attention and focus is allowed for the "student" part of student-athlete.

Now is the time to catch up with work that was missed due to relentless schedules and travels. Regardless, postseason is never "easy" in any sense of the word.

With the end of the season comes the beginning of the offseason. This is when you take the time to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the next season. Strength and conditioning, individual workouts and meetings with coaches are just some of the things that will be taking place over the next couple of months.

This is the point in time where you work on the things that will help you better your team.

I must say I am really inspired and motivated to get back on the court and start working out again. It might sound somewhat corny, but not seeing the faces of my teammates, with whom I've spent days at a time, is starting to feel awkward. I have faith that every member of our program will do his or her part in being prepared for every challenge that is thrown our way next season.

Like I've said before, life is all about growth. I've had the chance to be a part of something great this season. Now, I finally get a chance to look back and reflect on this experience that was my sophomore year.

It was an amazing ride and I am proud to say that I've learned a lot. I hope that my stories were able to give insight on the life of a student-athlete, particularly from a woman's perspective. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.

To be continued ...

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