As someone from Everett, Massachusetts, a town not far from Boston, being a Patriots' cheerleader has always been a dream. I've tried out for the squad five times, and although I haven't made it, yet, I'm trying again. My quest for a spot on the squad started back in college in 2010. I attended Dean College in Franklin, MA, where I was a young, confused dance major who fully embraced the freshman 15. Franklin is about a 15-minute drive to the Patriot's home at Gillette Stadium, so pretty much every dance major was planning on auditioning.
I showed up to the tryouts out of shape, wearing no makeup and no idea of what to expect. Tryouts took place at the Empowerment Field, where it was filled to the maximum with more than 400 hopefuls, all competing for 22 coveted dance spots on the team, and I was one of them.