The Duquesne Dukes Blogging Series

Aug. 18, 2009

The Duquesne Dukes "Blogging Series" continues with the latest entry by senior center Amanda Peck. The Morgantown, W.Va. native blogs about the summer vacation, classes, 2008-09 accomplishments and the upcoming season.

Welcome to Miami!
Hello everyone! I am extremely happy to report that I'm writing this blog from Orlando, Florida! My best friend has been in California all summer doing an internship with the U.S. Olympic Training Center so I haven't had the chance to hang out with her in awhile. So, I decided that once summer school ended, and she finished up work, we should both fly down here to Florida to spend some time having fun in the sun! We are actually leaving in an hour or so to spend a few days in Miami! Our whole team was actually just in Miami during December for a Christmas Tournament and we all got to spend a day together at the beach and just have fun. I'm really excited to go back! And when we return to Orlando we're going to meet up with my teammate Samantha Thompson. Her family is coming down here to spend some time at the theme parks and our vacations will overlap so we thought it would be fun to go to Disney or Epcot together for a day! When I get back home I'll pack up my things and head back to school to start my senior year of college!!!

Summer School Happenings
While the summer months allow you to soak up some sun, and take a break from hectic schedules and college life, they are a great time to catch up and get ahead of the game. Noticeably, during the school year we stay pretty busy with workouts and games so in order to lighten the load during both the fall and spring semesters, we attend summer school. I am majoring in Criminal Justice and have partnered that with a minor in Spanish. So this summer was really helpful in putting me closer towards obtaining my degree. My first summer course was Racial and Ethnic groups. We learned a lot about other cultures and discussed different movements throughout history that still impact our lives today. Needless to say, it was very interesting! The next two classes I took were Sociology of Sex & Gender and Spanish 202. Fortunately, I participated in both of these classes with my teammate Eve Pyle, who finished up her undergrad degree after our last class!

Eye on the Prize
Last season was a great year for our team. We made so many strides in our program and accomplished things that had never been done before at Duquesne. We got to host the WNIT first round game against Butler and play in front of a packed house. We hit the 20-win mark and had the "winningest" two years in the history of women's basketball at our school! All of that, including our trip to Miami, and all of the places we traveled on the East coast was absolutely great...but like Coach Serio always says, "We want more!" One thing I have learned over my last few years at Duquesne was to never settle. Now that we have achieved as much as we have, it's time to take it to the next level. This will be my senior year and there is nothing I'd like more than to go out with even more accomplishments. We'd love to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. I can't think of anything better than hearing "Duquesne University" announced on Selection Monday! But, before we look that far in advance, we have to take it one step at a time. Each and every game is significant and crucial to where we sit at the end of the season. My time spent at Duquesne has been good. Basketball has been very important to me and the things that I have gotten to be a part of will stay with me forever. However, the friends I've made and all the people I've met mean more than anything to me. They are the people I've been through thick and thin with. From tough practices to victory dances, we've been through it all together! The memories and friendships I've made at Duquesne will last a lifetime, and for that I am truly thankful.




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