I’ve also found a tight-knit community with my coaches and other skaters who train under the Mitchell Johansson Method.
I didn’t choose MIT because of skating, but it just so turned out that it was one of the best places to do just that.
as a full-time MIT student, there was the all-to-plausible possibility that I wouldn’t have the time, energy, or resources to continue to pursue the sport.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into, how I would adapt and adjust to the rigor and intensity of the course load, if I would have any free time at all outside classes, if it was worth it at all, that pursuing skating and MIT meant I would be subpar in both, not able to fully dedicate myself to one or the other.
Still Juniors-age eligible, I competed on the international Junior Grand Prix Circuit in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2015 and Ostrava, Czech Republic, last fall.
Freshmen year, I was the repeat US Junior Men’s silver medalist, and this past year I secured a spot at the Senior Nationals with a win at the Eastern Sectionals.
Classes I don’t take because they don’t fit with ice time.
Study abroad and exchange programs that don’t have access to ice rinks and coaches.
But I constantly am reminded by the opportunity cost of training and competing full-time.
Exams and psets I don’t have enough time to study for or complete.