Women's Volleyball
    Trojan Voices: Emily Young

    Emily Young

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    Oct. 18, 2013

    Emily Young is a junior on the USC women's volleyball team. She writes a recurring blog for espnW.com

    Who am I?

    I am a volleyball player, but I dance to warm up.

    Who am I?

    I am a business major, but I took a sailing class.

    Who am I?

    I am a USC athlete, and I am here for the whole experience.

    I am a USC volleyball player, but I don't let that define me. Why? Because labels bug me. Why live by the labels: volleyball player, business major, friend, sister, and daughter­? They are boundaries, when in reality you can be so much more.

    So in all honesty, I can't quite tell you who I am, because I am changing everyday. But, I can tell you why I am here at USC.

    In the sixth grade, I fell in love with volleyball. I showed up to a local clinic and thought, 'holy cow, there are other tall girls that wear ankle braces too!' Granted, at the time I was not very good and could not serve over the net, but from then on, I have been improving. I wanted to play for the best program in the country that would develop my skills and give me opportunities to keep playing volleyball. At USC, I have become a better volleyball player, and I even tried out sand volleyball for a season which is a whole different world for a girl from Illinois.

    But USC is not a professional volleyball school. I spend plenty of hours in the gym, but I came to Los Angeles to push myself in every possible direction.

    I am a business administration major applying for a progressive degree in communication management. I have honed my skills in marketing, sales, and writing, but I don't want to be constricted to just that. Last spring, I took a sailing class because I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn to sail.

    What do I want to be when I grow up? I don't know. I'm still not sure. And honestly, I am OK with that answer. It's a broad world and I am not ready to narrow my path, but when I leave here, I will be prepared for whatever comes my way.

    USC is an opportunity. You have to make the most out of it. I hate procrastination. If I have a chance to do something, I'm going for it.

    I can only play USC women's volleyball for four years (it's an NCAA rule, I've checked). Could I pursue a volleyball career overseas? I'm not closing that door either.

    Life and time are finite. It's up to each person how to best spend the time. There is more to life than just volleyball, and I would be short-changing myself if I didn't live all of it.