Friday March 16, 2012Amy Ferguson Reflects On Her Gator career
By Sarah Gibson, UF Communications
There is so much to pack into the next 50 days. Senior Amy Ferguson has that amount of days left as an undergraduate before walking across the Stephen C. O’Connell stage on May 5 to receive her diploma.
But before she becomes a University of Florida graduate, Ferguson still has a few meets left to compete as part of the Gator gymnastics team. As she prepares to perform her crowd-pleasing floor exercise routine one last time in front of the O’Connell Center crowd, Ferguson reflects on her time as a Gator gymnast and shares her future plans.
“It’s crazy how fast it’s gone,” Ferguson said. “Everyone tells you when you’re a freshman to really enjoy the moment because it goes by so fast. This season particularly has flown by.”
Ferguson tries not to think about this season as being her last with the Gators, but instead she focuses her attention on enjoying the experience by having fun at each meet. She has even returned to performing her favorite floor routine from her sophomore year.
“This routine is so second nature to me now,” she said. “It allows me to relax and have fun with it and not stress about it since I know it so well.”
With a change in her approach to this season, Ferguson said it has been her favorite because she is more relaxed and confident going into her performances.
“I haven’t let my nerves get to me,” she said. “I’ve listened to the advice of enjoying this experience instead of psyching myself out and feeling the pressure this year. It’s really been about enjoying the experience and the opportunity I’ve been given. I have had the most fun this year because I’ve been the most laid back and most confident in myself. I’ve done this for so long now that I am confident that I can pull through for my team.”
When she was a freshman, Ferguson watched the older gymnasts motivate and rally the team up while she quietly followed their lead. Now as a senior she finds herself stepping into that leadership role.
“As the four years progressed, I’ve found myself becoming a leader for the team and hopefully someone that the other girls can look up to both inside and outside the gym,” she said.
After her fours years on the team, Ferguson said she learned what is most important in order to be successful in the gym.
“I’ve come to understand the dynamics of college gymnastics as the years have gone on,” she said. “I’ve realized what the most important aspects are and what is most important to focus on, which is the team. It is putting all your focus on being a team and having fun. It is not worrying about things you can’t control like scores, other teams and the crowd. We can only control our own performances.”
As she gets closer to concluding this chapter in her life, Ferguson offered her younger teammates some words of advice as they continue their journey with the Gators.
“As a team, I would say stick together. Love and support one another as much as you can. Be a team, first and foremost,” she said. “Second, I would tell them what everyone told me, which is to enjoy the experience. The more fun you have the better you are going to do.”
After graduating this spring with a degree in marketing, Ferguson aspires to work in the fashion industry in a big city. Whether she is doing gymnastics or not in the future, she said it will always have a place in her life.
“Gymnastics has been such a huge part of my life,” she said. “I’m sure I will always be involved with it somehow.”