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.
Summer Schmidt, Women's Swimming and Diving
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
House Affiliation: Lowell
My time spent as part of a varsity athletic team has been the most rewarding part of my time at Harvard. As a graduating senior, I have been doing a lot of reflecting about my time on campus, in the classroom, and at the pool. I am unbelievably proud and honored to have been a part of the Harvard swimming and diving family as well as Harvard Athletics on a larger scale.
The support I have received from my coaches and teammates over the past four years has made Harvard my home. My senior year was filled with ups and downs; however, my team was an unwavering force that had my back and pushed me to be a better leader and teammate. The fight and love that this season’s team had for one another and for the sport was something I had never encountered before. Putting individual successes aside and focusing on what was best for the team was the motto that we all lived by for the entirety of the season.
Having to leave the other eight women in my class, as well as the 30 other members still on the team, will be the hardest thing I have ever had to do. However, knowing the expansive alumni network that exists and the support I plan to give future generations of Harvard athletes makes the transition a bit easier. I have been so incredibly privileged to be a part of Harvard swimming and diving and I could not have asked for a better group of people to spend my last four years with.