Bula from Bloomington!

Bula (Fijian for "hello") to you all from Indiana University in Bloomington.  I'll be updating my college life on a weekly basis (sometimes more than once per) here, and hopefully this will give you the opportunity to see what goes on through the eyes of a college student as I am beginning the final stages of completing my career as an undergraduate.

A little about me:  My name is Nick Mackall, and I live in Fishers, IN (a suburb just off to the northeast of Indianapolis).  I'm 22 years old and I'm currently a Senior at IU finishing a degree in Mathematics with one semester left in my career after the current semester.  At Indiana, I had the rare opportunity to be so deeply involved with the Hoosier Athletics family being on staff every year at school.  Since the summer of 2008, I have been given the privelege to work for Head Women's Volleyball Coach, Sherry Dunbar, as a Student Assistant/Manager for all of four years thus far.  As a teenager, I began to develop a love for the game and played it for six years going through middle and high school, and now I've been involved in the game for ten years and have never regretted leaving baseball, my other favorite pasttime, once.  The thrill of being in a college volleyball program in the Big Ten, the most competitive volleyball conference in America, is quite a rush especially since the conference has been represented in each national championship since 2004, winning five.

One of my favorite moments with the IU volleyball program came just two seasons ago when the team went up against all odds and beat #11 Tennessee 3-2 in our home gym to earn the school's FIRST EVER BID to play in the Regional Semis of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton against eventual national semifinalist Southern California.  Even though the season ended at the hands of the Trojans, the team was able to pull off its first 20-win season since the 1990s and its most successful season in school history, which included victories over 5 of the nation's top 25 teams (one over 5-time national champion Penn State).  The memories from being with this team for this length of time will go on forever, and I have learned a lot from watching and following every step of the journey so far.

This week for me is a bit laid back at school with the exception of the Statistics midterm exam that I have tomorrow morning!  I'll be back with more updates from my world in only a matter of time.  Stay tuned Hoosier faithful because I shall return!

Indiana, I'm all for you!

-Nick M

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