The 2017 Senior Perspectives is the 12th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.
Sarah Finnemore, Field Hockey
Hometown: Norridewock, Maine
House Affiliation: Dunster
It’s not very common for people from my small town in Maine to attend an Ivy League college. Thus, when I began the recruiting process for field hockey, it was surreal to discover that Harvard was a possibility. After visiting campus and meeting the team my junior year in high school, I knew this was the place for me. I could not have been more right! I have loved my Harvard experience because of the connections with my teammates and coaches and the overall support of the HFH family.
I remember vividly the initial anxious and apprehensive moments of freshman preseason, clearly unsure of what to expect from both the athletic and academic perspectives. My arrival was greeted with a supportive set of upperclassman and the coaching staff who immediately alleviated many of my worries. I was incredibly lucky to have been assigned a senior to room with during my first preseason. She was so patient and tolerant, answering all my naïve freshmen questions from what classes to take to what happens if I don’t do well on the run test. Her unfailing support helped me to gain my footing freshmen year. She was one of many who have supported me over the past four years, both on and off the field. My teammates have become my roommates and my best friends. They have been the people I turn to in my happiest and saddest moments and I know I will look back most fondly upon the bonds I have made with these diversely talented and inspirational women with whom I have sweat, laughed, and cried.
Winning the Ivy League championship and playing in the first round of the NCAA tournament this season was incredible! It was the highlight of my senior year as well as my field hockey career. This season was truly an exciting time to be a member of Harvard Field Hockey, especially considering how much the team has improved since my freshmen year. The lessons I have learned both in the classroom and on the field and the friendships I have made will stay with me forever. Being a student-athlete at Harvard is undoubtedly the best part of my college experience and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have played here.