By Dan Dovale
Western Connecticut State University senior, Destinee Carey, from New Milford, Connecticut, was born to play and dominate the sports world of Women’s Lacrosse. Carey found her destiny in the fifth grade, “as soon as I started playing, I knew it was something I would continue for a very long time. It became my favorite sport and ultimately the one I chose to pursue.”
This pursuit began with passion, work ethic, and pure will power. Motivated by coaches, parents, and teammates, there is no limitation to Carey’s aspiration. As she has found both personal and team success here at Western Connecticut State University, she has also seen growth in herself while reminiscing back on her high school days.
“The biggest area where I’ve grown is my mentality and attitude,” she said. “With the rise of competition in college, I quickly learned that my mentality will shape my ability to succeed as an athlete. So, I learned to adapt a winning mentality, which has helped me succeed through every good and bad day I experience as an athlete.”
Not only has this growth been a necessity on the field, but maybe even more so, for off the field. The challenges and sacrifices that await a student athlete are often times overlooked and discredited. College itself can create mountains for students to climb in preparation for the next phase of life.
“Often time’s people do not realize that you spend your whole day in classes, go to practice or games, eat and then trying to find time to get all of your work done, is a vicious cycle.” Carey said, “Hard work and time management are the two most important things when it comes to being a student athlete. It’s an adjustment to juggle school and sport but you can make it work and still be successful.”
Although the daily process may get tiring and overwhelming, Carey has not once felt a moment of regret towards any single action that has led her down this path.
“This whole experience for me has all been worth it. Through it all, every practice, test, game, assignment, I learned something new and being a student athlete has given me the tools needed in order to be successful in life,” Carey confidently explained. “I think this sport has taught me great things, it has shaped me into the person I am today and taught me how to be the best person both on and off the field.”
As she prepares to finish out this last season as a Colonial, she will continue to be appreciative and thankful for this sport and how it has evolved with her, even after she graduates. Moreover, while Carey holds an athletic resume that is bound to stitch her name in WCSU Women’s Lacrosse history, she remains hopeful this is not the end for her athletic career.
As for life after graduation, Carey said she, “hope[s] to become a graduate Assistant Coach somewhere to continue with lacrosse, to help teach and show other players that this sport can bring a lot of great things for them, too.”
From fifth grade to her senior year of college, Carey has pursued her greatest passion and reached levels of success that can only be met through mentality, work ethic, and will as strong as Destinee Carey’s. From the received enthusiasm on our latest article on Carey, we at the Echo have found it to be clearly evident that this (hopefully soon to be) Assistant Coach has been much loved be the community and will be greatly missed.