Finding Tatum’s Purpose: Skateboarding 101

By Tatum Sorrelman

Tatum skateboarding

I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard. Growing up, a lot of my cousins skateboarded. It was something that seemed incredible to me ever since I saw them riding. Skateboarding was one of those activities that you see an older sibling do and want to try yourself. But they always told you that you were too young. Now older and in college, I decided to learn how to ride.

I couldn’t attempt this feat alone because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, so I enlisted the help of my 12-year-old brother, Caleb. He had been taking lessons since he was little and has a pretty good grip on how to ride.

I bought some skateboards toward the end of the school year with leftover dining dollars. Once I put on my helmet (safety first!), we got started. At first, I had to rely a lot on Caleb for balance. The skateboard was just too wobbly for me. It was hard to get used to. But eventually, I was able to move around on my own. Believe it or not, I actually never fell, but that was probably because I didn’t pick up much speed!

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I enjoy skateboarding, but it’s still new enough that you probably won’t see me riding around campus. Even though skateboarding was a challenge, I was able to learn something new this summer and I am very happy that I can say that.

I’m getting ready for sophomore year at Grand Canyon University! Be sure to check back for more blogs and videos.

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