Thursday, August 29, 2013

"It's a little strange that everyone seems to know me, even if I don't know them."

Courtney's first day of class was in some ways very typical: almost everyone feels overwhelmed at the sight of a semester's worth of work in the syllabus, and most people put some thought into what they'll wear.

Few people, however, have to wonder if their shoe will accidentally fall off the foot they can't feel.

Courtney's accident became common knowledge among the student body last winter -- one of the perks of a tightly knit, small college campus -- and the student athletes, in particular, stayed in touch with her throughout the spring as she recovered. But coming back at the beginning of a new semester has felt a bit like blending in and standing out all at the same time.

"A lot of people know I'm the girl without a foot, even if they didn't know me before. Sometimes that feels weird, but all spring semester last year, my goal was just to be able to come back and be at Asbury again. I'm really happy to be going to class and seeing my friends."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Not long after the volleyball team returned to the United States, it was time to pack the car and head back to Wilmore, Ky., for pre-season training on campus.

Courtney and her dad discussed lofting the beds to gain floor space in the dorm room.
Courtney and her dad discussed lofting the beds to gain floor space in the dorm room.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Throughout a summer that included rehab and various jobs geared toward getting her out of the house, Courtney continued to prepare for the event that she'd been looking forward to for months: returning to student life at Asbury.

A big step in that direction was traveling with the rest of the Asbury volleyball team to Puerto Rico for nearly two weeks. The team conducted clinics for young players, played a few collegiate-level teams, pitched in on service projects for local missionaries and shared about their relationships with God. Courtney shared her experiences of the past several months with a group of volleyball campers in the town of Moca.

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