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How a broken wrist got me to the Summer Games

By · June 2, 2012 at 10:39 am
Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson

A year ago, if someone had told me that I would be spending this summer reporting on everything to do with the London 2012 Olympic Games, I would’ve been skeptical, to say the least.

It’s funny how things really do work themselves out. Last fall, I was planning to study abroad in London during the spring semester. Then the night before Halloween, I took a nasty fall and broke my right wrist. Oh, and I’m right-handed, of course. It became nearly impossible to keep up with my class work, much less anything else. Once I realized that my wrist likely wouldn’t heal in time to leave for London like I had planned, I was crushed.

Right around the same time, instructor Ryan Sparrow’s brainchild, BSU at the Games, started coming together. I had heard about the learning project before but was under the impression that it was intended for sports reporters and graphic journalists. It turned out that he was recruiting feature reporters like me and that Sparrow is also the program director for the study-abroad program in Worcester, England, that takes place prior to the London Games. It didn’t take long for me to commit to this extraordinary opportunity. Combined, these two programs that pertain to my field of study cost less than the spring London study-abroad program. And because I’m also taking classes during the summer, this experience allows me to graduate a semester early.

So needless to say, it all worked out. I’m so thankful that Ball State supports programs like this, and I can’t think of a better way to spend my last summer break. Although I didn’t foresee any of this, I couldn’t be more excited about the adventures that lie ahead.

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