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Members of the Virginia women’s basketball team continue to blog as the 2011-12 season approaches. In this week’s edition of “Inside The Huddle,” senior Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) checks in with on Nov. 3, 2011. The Cavaliers host Alaska Anchorage in an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.

Hey Cavalier Fans!

Can you believe it’s that time of year again?! Already November and a month into practice! We’ve been working hard these past few weeks getting ready for our first exhibition game this Saturday! Practices have been going well. We’ve been learning a lot of new stuff and we’re all anxious to get back on the court and start playing! It was Coach Boyle’s birthday on Tuesday! There was lots of candy in the office to celebrate with.

Registration for our Spring classes opens up in less than a week! I can’t believe it’s going to be my last semester! My internship at WINA 1070 with Jay James has been going great and the question ‘What are you going to do after you graduate?’ is becoming more and more realistic … I need to find the answer! The real world isn’t far off and it’s been a journey already considering what I might do when I graduate. There are a bunch of different paths to possibly take and it’s been fun (and I must admit stressful at times) tackling these opportunities. However with the season literally knocking at the door I have allowed the reality of the ‘real world’ to stay a few months away.

I keep realizing that this is my last season of basketball here and my dad keeps reminding me, “finish what you started.” These words have been hanging on me for the past few weeks as I think about my time here and my life after I graduate. I started here three years ago, and I’m finally reaching the end and I want to make this year the best and finish this season with my tank on ‘E.’ To do that I can only let myself focus on the present, what’s right in front of me; tomorrow’s practice and our next opponent – to get much beyond that would make it harder for me to be my best today.

Coach Boyle’s seemingly simple saying, “get 1% better everyday,” is harder than it sounds, but these significant words have allowed me and the team to focus in every day and every practice to get just a little bit better. It has allowed me to stay committed to my goals and ultimately to finish what I started.

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