I chose to join the Brandeis Swimming and Diving team because of the opportunities and growth that await, both inside and outside of the pool. When I went to visit the campus and meet the coach, along with some of the swimmers, I could instantly tell I was in a very positive and welcoming environment. I realized, after speaking with Coach Nicole, that she cares about her swimmers. She dedicates her time to pushing her swimmers past their limits, but she also makes sure that they are doing okay in school and health-wise, both mentally and physically. It is not only important to find a community of people who will push and support you, but also one that ensures you are making the most out of this unique college experience.