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Stacey Miles Explains in a Nutshell what being at Loughborough has Meant to her

27 June, 2012
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So its blog time again a week in the life of a 3rd year geography student. Many people think all we do is colour in...they would be right but we do other things as well!

During the exam period my life gets pretty boring. I become a hermit revising all day with the only day release from the asylum coming in the form of training or heading to the gym where I revise spider diagrams whilst running on a treadmill.... yes I am that cool.

So instead of boring you with the geographical details I will instead do a blog on my three years experience at what I would class as the greatest university ever to have existed (not bias or anything).

What started out as coming to university for a degree and playing the odd bit of cricket when I had the time has turned into three years of juggling studies with the joys (and pains) that have come with being on the Loughborough MCCU Academy of which I would not swap for the world. The First taster of cricket at the university was trials where I was greeted by the prospect of an emerging England player in Tamsin ‘big time’ Beaumont, and some strange child I think her name is Anna Swan. Throughout the three years these two have kept me sane working hard to achieve the success we have as a team at Loughborough. It has not always been easy getting up at 7am when its dark and snowing outside to go and pump some iron in the gym, or running round haselgrave for the familiar ‘beastings’ when the rules were broken and the three of us being put in the ‘amber crew’ were not the most enjoyable parts of the academy life. However, the success of a gold (hopefully two) and silver bucs medals has made it all worthwhile and the celebratory nights out in hey ewe win, lose or draw have made the experience even more sweet.

In the past two years I have seen not one person or even two, but three of the Loughborough girls achieve double tons when batting in bucs (Lauren Winfield, Helen Shipman ...oh and Tammy Beaumont she’s got two double tons...did I mention she was big time?!) but the contributions across the board have been immense and have made the familiar ‘bubble’ what is has been...EPIC!! The fancy dress themes of 118, when I grow up and my personal favourite of noah’s ark with the two smallest kids on the team dressed as giraffes (aka me and swany) with the list being endless adding to the endeavours and hard work on the pitch.

So to summarise, Loughborough has been the best experience of my life by a country mile and if I had the chance I would do it all over again. To my team mates, coaches and everyone involved in Loughborough cricket it has been emotional. I leave you with a little motivational speech from my favourite film coach carter (moosey this one is for you!!)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is out light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

And with all that in mind Happy 21st Birthday to Anna Swan – enjoy it you old duffer: D