Pendah’s Journey (Part 1)

Don’t you like stories? I love great stories! I love following people’s journeys and discovering where they end up. Heck! That is why we love movies like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Rudy and a million more. We are drawn to the trials and tribulations that a hero goes through in order to achieve his/her goal. These stories remind us of our own day to day struggles and hurdles. They remind us of all that we go through in our own lives in an effort to reach our dreams. We cheer for characters like Rudy, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. We want them to win! We want them to achieve! We want them to be their best selves.

I would like to introduce a journey to all of you. I would like to introduce you to Pendah and her journey. She is a 20 year old young lady who grew up in Bloomington, IN. She attended Bloomington High School North and played some darn good basketball while she was there. I remember because I taught at this high school while Pendah was there and often took in girls’ basketball games. She was exciting to watch. When it came time to choose a college, Pendah and her parents visited a number. Pendah, knowing that while she enjoyed playing basketball also believed that she would enjoy studying pharmacy. Interestingly, when she was visiting schools, many of the basketball programs stated that they did not permit their players to study pharmacy. It was simply too difficult. Athletes would not have the time to give their pharmacy studies the attention they deserved. I was amazed when I learned this. Actually, flabbergasted was more like it. I could not believe athletic programs were telling students what to study so that their sport would not be interrupted.

Pendah stayed true to her wishes and found a school that would allow her to follow both of her interests. She decided to attend Ohio Northern University. There she would be permitted to follow her heart or so she thought. Unfortunately, Pendah suffered a torn right ACL injury during December of her freshman year. She tore it 2 minutes into a game during a holiday tournament in Phoenix. She opted to have surgery at a neighboring town to where she was in school so that her studies would not be interrupted. So, stay tuned and check in every other week to follow Pendah’s journey.

Pendah’s Journey (Part 1)

Don’t you like stories? I love great stories! I love following people’s journeys and discovering where they end up. Heck! That is why we love movies like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Rudy and a million more. We are drawn to the trials and tribulations that a hero goes through in order to achieve his/her goal. These stories remind us of our own day to day struggles and hurdles. They remind us of all that we go through in our own lives in an effort to reach our dreams. We cheer for characters like Rudy, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. We want them to win! We want them to achieve! We want them to be their best selves.

I would like to introduce a journey to all of you. I would like to introduce you to Pendah and her journey. She is a 20 year old young lady who grew up in Bloomington, IN. She attended Bloomington High School North and played some darn good basketball while she was there. I remember because I taught at this high school while Pendah was there and often took in girls’ basketball games. She was exciting to watch. When it came time to choose a college, Pendah and her parents visited a number. Pendah, knowing that while she enjoyed playing basketball also believed that she would enjoy studying pharmacy. Interestingly, when she was visiting schools, many of the basketball programs stated that they did not permit their players to study pharmacy. It was simply too difficult. Athletes would not have the time to give their pharmacy studies the attention they deserved. I was amazed when I learned this. Actually, flabbergasted was more like it. I could not believe athletic programs were telling students what to study so that their sport would not be interrupted.

Pendah stayed true to her wishes and found a school that would allow her to follow both of her interests. She decided to attend Ohio Northern University. There she would be permitted to follow her heart or so she thought. Unfortunately, Pendah suffered a torn right ACL injury during December of her freshman year. She tore it 2 minutes into a game during a holiday tournament in Phoenix. She opted to have surgery at a neighboring town to where she was in school so that her studies would not be interrupted. So, stay tuned and check in every other week to follow Pendah’s journey.

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