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Posting Up with Jenna - Something New

Jenna's brother, Fankie, and parents, Gigi and Frank, cheer on the Illini against Minnesota on Jan. 10.
Jenna's brother, Fankie, and parents, Gigi and Frank, cheer on the Illini against Minnesota on Jan. 10.

Jan. 22, 2010

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Posting Up With Jenna - Season 2 // Jan. 22, 2010
Senior All-American Jenna Smith catches Illini fans up with her busy life in the newest "Posting Up."


Christmas Break
We had a few days off around Christmas and it was nice to go home for break and just hang with the family. Getting there wasn't easy though. Coach Law and I always joke about how every time I go home and try to fly out of Chicago, I always get delayed or miss my flight. I decided that since it was my last time flying home for Christmas, I was going to change my mindset to stay positive. I was determined I was going make it home on time with no delays (even though I have no control over this I thought it would make me fell better about the trip!)

So I flew from Champaign to Chicago with no delays (I was pretty happy and thought that this was the time I would NOT get delayed). Then, just as I was about to board my plane to Minnesota in Chicago, they said there was something wrong with the aircraft and they were trying to find us a new plane. I sat around for like 2 hours and then they finally found another plane. I started laughing to myself because it has never failed me in four years. I can NEVER make it home on time!

Other then my great experience getting there, it was great to go home, as always! However, while it was cold here in Illinois, going home to the great state of Minnesota is a different kink of cold! I forgot what it felt like...it was freezing! LOL! We got 22 inches of snow one day, which is incredible by itself, but then it just kept coming down the whole time I was home! I had to walk to my friend's house because it was impossible to drive at all! Minnesota really is a great place, but if you're going there, I hope you love snow and cold weather! Aside from that though, being at home enjoying my mother's cooking and just relaxing was the best.

Family Time
Since it is my senior year, my parents have been coming to a lot of games. They have come to a lot over my career, but now I feel like they are at every game. I really appreciate it and am so glad they come, because I don't know what I would do with out their support. I think that they are cherishing every moment with me! Haha!

Last week when we played Minnesota, my brother came to the game along with my parents! I was shocked and very excited to see him come because he had not been to Champaign during my time here until that game. It was fun to show him around and to tell him stories about my time here at Illinois. It was great to see him smile and jump up and down while cheering us on at Assembly Hall. It was also pretty funny to also see Lacey's mom and my dad sitting together at one of the courtside party tables celebrating their birthdays together like little kids! LOL! It looked like they enjoyed their cake and we got a `W', so it was a great game on both accounts!

The Season
As far as season goes, we have had lots close games that have come down to the wire. We have had plenty of ups and downs, but we will hopefully turn it around and pull out games as the season starts winding down. With my hurt hamstring, I am in treatment a lot and trying to get healthy so that we can get back on the right track. We have a big game at Penn State this weekend and hope to end our losing streak and get back on the winning side. Thanks for the support and please keep cheering us on! We need all the noise we can get at the Hall to help us down the stretch!

School and Internship
This week was the start of my last semester of college, which is both bitter and sweet at the same time. I am excited that I'm almost done with school, but it's also sad because my career is winding down here at Illinois. I am only taking a few classes right now to wrap up my degree in Community Health and I'm also trying something new this spring. I just started an internship with our Sports Information department at Illinois.

I am really excited to learn and understand what really goes on behind the scenes here at the DIA. It will also be interesting to see how they design posters and how they connect to the media and the community. One thing that I have learned is that every player that has ever played at Illinois has a file with of all their information complete with stats, photos, newspaper clipping and other good stuff from their careers. It was interesting to look through a few, especially my own. I didn't remember some of the stuff that was in there! I think it's really cool because you can compare different stats and players and learn the history of a program and how it has changed over time. I will let you guys know about any other exciting things go on around here during the semester.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to look for a new Posting Up each week this semester. I'll be writing more often as part of my internship! ☺