Women’s hockey Jaden Head on graduation and her time as a Golden Hawk
With graduation just around the corner, women’s hockey assistant captain Jaden Head can’t help but reminisce about her five years at Laurier while preparing for her future in the police force.
Head, an Orono, Ontario native, is in the fifth and final year of her sociology degree at Laurier. She has also been a staple on the women’s hockey team as a forward and assistant captain. Throughout her time as a student-athlete, Head has met friends and found her support system that ultimately shaped her Laurier experience.
“Every move through my journey has been supported by my friends and family, which has made my experience that much better, and I cannot be more grateful for that,” Head said.
For Head, Laurier was the only school she could see herself at. Having known a few girls already on the women’s hockey team when applying, she was sold by the positive feedback and the tight-knit community.
“I already had a taste for the school, so when I started, it felt like home right away with everyone, I met in athletics, they were all just so welcoming,” Head said.
Now with her degree just about completed, she is focusing on her future. Influenced by her time as a sociology major, Head is pursuing a career in policing. She has been busy applying to college programs and to Laurier for a master’s program in the field of policing.
“I look forward to being a part of the police force and making my mark in the community in any way I can after I graduate from Laurier,” Head commented.
While Head is staying positive and looking forward to the future, she is one of the many student-athlete graduates who have had to miss out on their final season as a Laurier Golden Hawk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not playing hockey every day was an adjustment;, not being able to spend time with my friends and teammates at the rink took a toll on me at first, but it left me with a lot of spare time, so I chose to look on the positive side of it,” Head said.
Head used this spare time to her advantage to focus on her mental and physical health by learning new sports and picking up new hobbies. She also took this time to reflect on her personal growth during her time at Laurier.
“It’s funny, because I look back on my years and I feel like my five years have gone by in a blink of an eye, but at the same time, I’ll look back at myself as a person in my first year and it’s weird to think how much I have grown.”