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Nike Training Club App — June 26, 2016

Nike Training Club App

On June 24, 2016 Nike updated and completely changed its Nike Training Club app. The app, originally targeted at women, includes over a hundred free workouts at various intensities (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and time intervals (15 min, 30 min, 45 min). The majority of the exercises require no equipment although weights can be added to increase intensity.

Now, I had been using the app daily since the beginning of spring semester in January. With the daily exercise combined with the decrease in stress from school, I lost 5lbs, and since graduation I have lost another 3lbs thanks to eating less and better quality food. But on June 24, 2016 my app automatically updated to the new version. All the old workouts were gone and replaced by new ones! The layout was completely changed! I was distraught.


I have now used the app twice, and it’s really fine. I just like to complain when my routine is altered hehe. The new format will take a little getting used to, but the new exercises are probably good for my body.

Get ripped. Download the ENTIRELY FREE app here.

NDWBB Post Season Bball — June 15, 2016

NDWBB Post Season Bball

I travelled with the team during post-season again this year. While our NCAA tourney performance was disappointing, I still had an amazing time. Managing for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team was an incredible experience. From the endless eating to the funny stories and great games, I am truly blessed to have been a part of this program during my time at Notre Dame. #managerfam forever

Below is a combination of the official postings and my inside view on both the ACC tournament and the Sweet 16 round in Lexington, KY.

ACC Tournament


Just like last year, on Thursday after practice the team visited a Catholic grade school in Greensboro. It’s always a fun time to meet the kids. When we got to the school, they had the team wait in the hallway outside of the gym so that the girls could be announced one by one. A videographer also travels with the team (along with a masseuse and her massage table), and she films our events for social media (see below). Well, before we go in the principal explains to our video girl that on the far end of the bleachers is a group of children who are not allowed to be on camera. Goodness, people. And when I walked in the gym, I saw this sad little group of children with teachers sitting all around them like a blockade so they wouldn’t mistakenly be put on camera.

On the bright side, there is hope for this new generation. Towards the end of the visit, the team did a Q&A session. We got some cute questions like what is your favorite color and some questions about basketball and how many days a week they practice. And then we get to this one kid. After raising his hand to ask his question, he is handed the microphone and goes, “WHAT ARE THOSE!!!”

The team died. I died. And then the poor kid got yelled at by a teacher. It was the best line I heard all day, and he got in trouble. So sad.


We won.


We won again.


And we won again to be declared champions of the ACC.


Omigoodness, so after the game I was behind the bench cleaning up like always, and I was the first person they called to get a trophy. And I didn’t even know I was getting a trophy so I was so unprepared and our assistant coach started yelling at me to go up and get the trophy, and it was so stressful! But I made it.

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And then I got to cut the net down again- yay!IMG_6489Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 10.46.24 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-19 at 10.46.50 PMIMG_6494

NCAA Regionals-Lexington

Notre Dame hosted the round of 64 and 32 at the Joyce Center, so the first time we had to travel was to the Sweet 16. Packing for away games, especially long trips like tournaments, require A LOT of work. All the managers spend a few days prior departure packing bags after bags. We have really large duffel bags, so we decided to scare one of our head managers by sticking someone in one of the duffels. So we roll the girl inside the bag into our middle room, and wait. Sure enough, though it wasn’t our intended victim, we were able to trick another manager into opening up the bag… it was so funny! We captured it on video too (flip to 1.45 min in).

Anyways, one day during packing, Coach McGraw knocks on our door and invites us to listen to the President of the American Bar Association, who apparently is speaking to the team in the team room in 5 minutes. So we got to listen to the President of the American Bar Association… what a day!

Check out some pictures below from team photographer Mike Bennett, highlighting the managers in their natural habitat… food providing, bag rolling, and player counting.

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I can’t end with our loss because that is just sad, so instead I will end with some pictures from our pink zone game. The pink zone game is for breast cancer awareness and everyone wears- you guessed it- pink! Except I don’t own anything pink… whoops.

Anyways, our favorite friendly photographer, Mike Bennett, started this fun ritual, where at the end of the game when all the starters were sitting on the bench, he would take a funny photo of them. Well the managers sit right behind the bench, and there were quite a few unflattering pics of us in the background before we started to catch on.

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Bye basketball. I will miss you!

WBB Senior Night — June 7, 2016

WBB Senior Night

In late February, the women’s basketball team celebrated senior night. The three seniors on the team as well as myself and the other senior manager were recognized before the game. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video of the senior introduction (featuring me!!), but the link is HERE.


Photo creds to Michael Bennett:

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Selection Monday — March 25, 2015

Selection Monday

The day I got back from spring break was Selection Monday, when the Women’s NCAA Basketball Bracket is announced. It was also the day before St. Patrick’s Day. All around, it was a great day to be part of the Irish. The team hosted a Selection Show Party in Club Naomi (the box portion of the Purcell Pavillon). As expected the food was delicious, and the dessert bar was on point with Make-Your-Own ice cream sundaes, gooey brownies, entirely edible mousse with chocolate cups and spoons, and basketball cake pops.


After dinner and dessert, we all watched ESPN on the TVs waited for the Selection Show to begin. As expected, Notre Dame got a #1 seed. UCONN, South Carolina, and Maryland filled out the other #1 seeds. See the full bracket below.

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And on my walk home to my dorm, there was a beautiful sunset, so I took a lot of pictures.

ACCs…Part 3 — March 24, 2015

ACCs…Part 3

To get you inspired for awesomeness, watch the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Intro Video.

Day 5- The Championship

Sunday was the championship. We faced Florida State, trying to earn our second consecutive ACC championship.

Fun Story: While I was setting up film before the game, the Florida State film guy said Notre Dame should let Florida State win, because ND wins all the time. I said “FALSE. Actually, we have only won the ACC once, because last year was our first year in the Alantic Coast Conference.” He said ok, and continued his celebration plans. (He was planning on leaving the cameras and running down the stairs to join his team on the court when the clock expired).

Well, he lost. But we won!! YAY. And there were balloons. And I took a lot of pictures for people, because none of the players had their phones (which is pretty obvious considering that they were playing). And I cut down the net.


Sunday in Video

Then I went to the airport, and flew back to Philly for spring break. It was awesome!

ACCs…Part 2 — March 22, 2015

ACCs…Part 2

Day 3- The Quarterfinals

Friday was GAMEDAY!! We played Miami, who beat us in the regular season. However, it didn’t really count, because we were missing one of ours starters, Taya Reimer. Miami was cocky… and they lost.

In post-season, my job is to film the games from the noose-bleeds. It is quite a different perspective than sitting on the court under the basket. But I actually enjoy filming because I get to check my phone for stats during the game (plus I get a cool name tag).

Friday in Video

After the games, we would hang out in the hotel and eat a lot of food. Greensboro’s weather, while much warmer than ND’s was still in the 40s so we mostly stayed inside. Lucky for us, the hotel was HUGE, since it was a convention center and had a mall conveniently located across the parking lot. For the most part though, it was nice to talk to the girls on the team outside of practice and basketball. I believe athletes as a group are hilarious, and I heard some great stories. I also watched some TV shows (which is quite rare for me), because it was the start of spring break and I didn’t have a ton of homework to do for a change.


Day 4- The Semifinals

Saturday was also GAMEDAY!! This time we played Duke in the semifinals. And we won again!!…imagine that. Check out the highlights from the Duke game below.

Saturday in Video

ACCs… Part 1 — March 21, 2015

ACCs… Part 1

So I had a pretty awesome pre-Spring Break this year. Since I am a manager for the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team, I was invited to travel with the team to ACCs (the NCAA conference tournament). This year, the ACC tourney was held in Greensboro, NC.

Day 1 and 2

On Wednesday evening, after packing a bizillion bags of jerseys, equipment, snacks, etc. we bused to the airport for our chartered flight. Unfortunately, our flight was delayed over an hour, but considering it was probably because of all the important people flying in for Father Hesburgh’s funeral, it was ok.

We arrived in Greensboro and headed to dinner. I was starved and the food was delicious. I had a huge bowl of pasta and chicken. SO GOOD. Then we headed to the hotel, where there were Under Armour swag bags waiting on our beds.

The next morning, we had an early practice, and then went to a Catholic grade school for a pep rally. My vine made the NDWBB Twitter- YAY

Our last stop of the day was to the Collesium to watch the second half of the game to find our who our opponents for our first game.

Wednesday and Thursday in Video


Bball Update — February 12, 2015

Bball Update

The regular season is coming to a close. The Irish are currently 23-2, ranked 4th overall and 1st in the ACC. Watch the Irish take on Duke at home on Monday at 9pm!

Vs. Tennessee

I am working practices 3-4 times a week, and still enjoying the best seat ever (under the basket!!) at all of the games. A few weeks ago, we played Tennessee.  To give you a little background, our band is awesome and sits in the student section near the opposing team’s bench. They get really into the game and like to mess with opposing players’ heads. One of their favorite tactics is when an opposing player fouls out, the say call out the player’s footsteps as she walks to her seat on the bench. Left, Right, Left, Right… (when the player reaches her seat) SIT DOWN!!!! Well, Tennessee’s best player, Burdick, fouled out with about a minute left in the game. As she walked to the bench the band shouted “LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT…” Just to be annoying, she never sat down. Burdick spent the rest of the game standing up in front of me (see picture). Somebody’s got attitude.

Men’s Bball and Court-side Seats

One on the managers had extra tickets to Club Naomi for the men’s game vs. BC and asked me if I wanted to go. I did. Club Naomi is the “box seating” for ND’s basketball arena, the Purcell Pavillon. [Side note: THE Mr. Purcell recently came to one of our ND WBB practices!! He was a tall man.]

Back to Club Naomi. Picture endless free buffet food, and desserts, and fruit (STRAWBERRIES- yum). So we got there early and ate lots of good food, and then we go to find our seats. We were court-side. It was pretty nice.


Also, the men’s team is AWESOME this year: ranked 10th in the NCAA what-what! One day I walked into the gym to set up for practice and found the Jumbotron on the floor because men’s stars Jerian Grant and Pat Connaugton were having a photoshoot for their Showtime series!! Yes, the men’s team is being followed around by a camera crew as part of TV show looking into team’s path to the NCAA tournament.

Yay basketball!

Syllabus Week — January 17, 2015

Syllabus Week

Coming Back Early for Bball Managing.

Guess who were the first people EVER in the fun zone??


Seriously though, I was giving my mom a tour of the Joyce Center and showing her the upstairs gyms which nobody know about, and we stumbled upon this cute little step-up. I thought the promotion people set it up for every game (I don’t usually go to the guys games as the women’s team usually have practice or away games at the same time). So to pass the time until the game started, my mom and I played corn hole and shot baskets. A few people would come by and stare at us weird and the security guard asked us what we were doing, but we thought nothing of it until I found this tweet a couple hours later.

Twas quite funny.

First Days of School.

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Look at how pretty my schedule is!!!!

This semester I am taking Heat Transfer, British History 1600-1800, Intro to Electrical Engineering (ewwwwww), Differential Equations 2, and Design of Machine Elements. Fun stuff, I know. Syllabus week is always so sad. In the engineering classes they show us all these cool things that you can do by applying the knowledge you learn in said class… but we don’t ever get to do any of the fun stuff.

For example, we watched this in heat transfer.


I also was holy.

The grotto

I went to mass 3 times this week and visited the grotto twice. Dorms at ND have weeknight masses at 10pm that usually feed you after. I went to Chili Mass on Wednesday at Sorin and Milkshake Mass on Thursday at Dillion.

Fun Fact: At the end of Mass at Dillion (a dorm really big on Campus Ministry), mass goers slam their music hymnals shut and say “Yay God!” It’s so great.

Hockey Night in South Bend.

We found some seats
We found some seats
Back to Irish Bball — December 15, 2014

Back to Irish Bball

Basketball season is in full swing! For the first part of the semester when the team had individual workouts (not full team practices), I mostly did the team’s laundry. Now I work practices 2/3 times a week as well as all the home games. And I even got to travel to my first away game of the season in Fort Wayne! This year I sit under the basket with the ball girls during the game and give the refs water and towels at each time out. Talk about great seats!

Managers and Ball Girls at Fort Wayne


This year the rivalry between ND and UCONN resumed after a 1 year hiatus since Notre Dame left the Big East to became a part of the ACC. Check out this video in which Coach McGraw and Geno talk about the ND/UCONN rivalry.

Needless to say, this game was HUGE! Even our student section sold out! So you can get a good feel of the atmosphere in the arena, watch the intro video before the starting lineups are announced. It gives me chills everytime.

Since it was such a big game, the managers were in charge of entertaining the recruits and their families: giving them a tour of the Joyce Center and escorting them to their seats and to the post-game meal afterwards.

Side note: (We lost the game… by a lot… so let’s not talk about that. Sadness.) I’m mean it is still WAY early in the season, plus one of our starters Bri Turner was injured and did not play… sooo yeah.

New Life Goals (jokes…not really)

So at halftime of each home game, Sweet Caroline is played over the loudspeaker. Allie, another manager, and I made it our goal to try and get on the big screen during this song. So far, so good.