Born into a military family, I have without a doubt lived in more states than the average person. However, this is not due to my dad’s military background. My name is Kirby and I am a “Junior” at the University of Tennessee. I say “Junior” because truthfully, I don’t know what I am. When I was 16 I decided to get really competitive in Ice Hockey. I lived in Maryland almost my whole life, which wasn’t exactly a hotbed for hockey players. At the age of 16 I was the only kid in my tri-county area to make Team Maryland U16 AAA. From there, I received and opportunity to play Junior Hockey. Juniors is something 98% of collegiate hockey players do just prior to college. It is for 18-21 year olds who are trying to play hockey at the collegiate level. It is the highest level of competition under the college level play. The purpose of playing Juniors is to mature physically and mentally before going to college. It also allows players to either work, take college courses for credit, or both, which is what I did. My first year of Juniors was played while I was in my senior year of High School. I drove from Maryland to Philadelphia every day after class for practice. After graduating I moved to Rochester New York, then Owatonna Minnesota, and Boston Massachusetts the year after; all in order to play junior hockey (a full time job in itself). A series of injuries eventually persuaded me to no longer pursue my college hockey dreams, which landed me here at UT. Now a 23 year old “Junior”, I do miss hockey, but I also enjoy my free time here at UT relaxing and watching football at one of the greatest football schools of all time. Ultimately, my degree is the most important thing, which brings us to present day me.