By: Connor Lenahan
Before about 10 AM this morning, my plan was to head back to Boston University on Sunday morning to begin the second semester. Then I awoke to a text from Dan Mercurio, marketing director for BU Athletics and one of my favorite people alive. He told me that tomorrow could be my official debut as the women’s basketball announcer for BU if I was able to swing getting back to campus by noon Saturday.
There was never a doubt in my mind as to what I would do. One of my goals heading into college was to eventually get to announce a BU game. I figured I would have to wait my turn to get a chance. I could not have been more wrong. In my first semester I announced two girls basketball games (Rhode Island & Marist) and a swim meet. My dream was coming true in front of my eyes and I couldn’t have been happier.
Then I got an email from Dan earlier this week informing me that I had made a good enough impression in those three guest appearances that I was offered to position as official announcer for girls basketball. I couldn’t control myself, I was elated. It’s one thing to meet an expectation, it’s another to blow past it. They say good things happen to good people, but I must be an exception as great things are happening to a completely unworthy recipient.
Tomorrow will begin yet another professional journey for me, and I can’t wait for it.
The rough part of this situation is that it would mean disappearing from Waverly, PA ahead of schedule. There were people expecting to see me at tonight’s Abington Heights basketball game against Western Wayne. I was committed to seeing the BU mens team play at Lafayette tomorrow afternoon. Further, tomorrow night was set to be the last get together for my friends at my house before we all headed back to college. I would have to sacrifice all of that. The good news for me is I’ve been blessed with the sweetest, most supportive friends in the world. The reaction to this news was more congratulatory than disappointed. Sure, there were those that were sad we didn’t get a proper goodbye, and I’m with them. But I’ll be back soon.
That’s the important part: I’m never really leaving. The community of Abington Heights is a part of my blood for the remainder of my life. I’m always going to come back. Nothing is changing my history as a Comet. It’s not the area that keeps me around. It’s the people. Living in the culture Rich Boston has been the best decision I’ve ever made, but not a day goes by without me missing the community that looked after me for 19 years. I’ve been blessed with terrific friends and family in my home, and that’s why I’ll always be back.
It’s been nice to revisit my hometown for the past month, but it’s time I go back to taking over Boston. Another chapter of my life starts tomorrow, and it feels like Christmas Eve. See you soon Boston, be back sooner Waverly.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org