Emilie Johnson Writes the First 'Johnsons' Journal'

Aug. 26, 2009

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I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write the first entry in "Johnson's Journal!" Margaret and I will be writing about what's going on in our lives as Gauchos and also what we enjoy doing outside of school and basketball.

Before I start writing about all the interesting things, like summer workouts and classes, I'll talk about my summer "vacation" at home.

After finishing up UCSB team camp and elite camp I attended Point Guard College right here on campus ... I felt right at home working out in the Thunderdome! My experience at this camp was phenomenal. The director, Lyndsey Medders, really challenged every athlete to reach their next level by breaking down important details of the game, in particular, the little details every point guard should make a habit in their game. I left PGC knowing I became a better point guard, teammate, and person.

When PGC was finished, I made it home in time for a wonderful Fourth of July. Even though I live out in the country so fireworks are not allowed, the day was well-spent hanging around the pool and BBQ with family. Everyday home in the month of July resembled that of my Fourth of July - relaxing with family and cooking on the BBQ.

However, I did have a few exciting adventures while I was home. My initial escapade was backpacking. My cousin Annie took me on my first backpacking trip in Tahoe National Forest on the Pacific Crest Trail. We hiked a 17-mile loop and camped out for two nights. Backpacking is a great way to relax from the busy life of a college-athlete. The simplicity of carrying everything you need on your back, sleeping under the stars, and enjoying the wilderness makes life seem so simple. I did a few other day hikes with my family, including one near Donner Lake with five dogs ... needless to say we weren't afraid of any bears attacking our group! Looking back on my time home, it could not have been any better.

Even with all my adventures and relaxing days at home I was anxious to return to campus and begin workouts with the team. It was great to see the team Monday morning at 7 am with our strength and conditioning coach! That was our first workout as a team, including our four freshmen. Sweets, Destiny, Bree, and Stef have been awesome this summer and it's been great to have the entire team working out together and gearing up for the season. There are no words to describe how excited I am for our team this year. Everyone is working very hard this summer and we are focused to defend our Big West championship.

I can't wait for our fans to see us on the court in our new Nike uniforms in November! With our new logo and new gear we will have a different look, but inside we have that same Gaucho Heart that never dies!

Summer classes have been going well too. I know I can speak for everybody but we are so thankful to have the opportunity to take extra classes during the summer to get ahead with our studies. This program is so special with all the support we receive from our community. Well that's about all I have to say about this summer! Until next time ... Go Gauchos!!! ☺

- Emilie Johnson #10