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A Six Flags Experience from a Girl Who Hates Roller Coasters

I recently went to Six Flags New England and I had one goal: ride a roller coaster. I have always had a fear of roller coasters, but really wanted to try them out to see if I would like them. I am proud to say that I accomplished this goal fairly early in the trip and I can honestly say that for a person who hates roller coasters, my opinion has not changed after this experience. I still hate roller coasters.

This was my first time going to a Six Flags. I went with my boyfriend and future roommate, who both love roller coasters, so I trusted them to help me face my fear. When we arrived at the park, we went through the gates and immediately went to the Superman themed rollercoaster. We waited in line, where I panicked pretty much the whole time from watching the roller coaster go around and around so many times. Then, it was time to get on the ride. I sat down in the cart, was strapped in tight, and we were on our way.

Of course, as most roller coasters go, there was one big drop at the beginning followed by a series of twists and turns and other smaller drops. To my luck, this roller coaster happened to have the highest drop of all the rides in the park. They say the first big drop is the worst of it, and I have to agree with that from my experience, but that’s not to say that the rest of the roller coaster was any better. My hands were clenching onto the bar in front of me, my head was in my lap the whole time, and I was screaming like a maniac with every hill we went over. Once the ride ended and I got out of the cart, my legs were wobbly and I was questioning if I would even make it to the exit! I told my friend and boyfriend how I felt and they told me that they felt the same and it’s normal to feel that way. I shook off the weird feeling and instead took the experience as an accomplishment! I had conquered a roller coaster!

For the rest of the day, we rode tamer rides –  two of which could be classified as roller coasters, which I thoroughly enjoyed! For the intense roller coaster lover, these were probably classified as little kids’ rides, but I’m going to call them roller coasters to make myself feel better. Near the end of the day, we had time for one more ride so we got in line for one last roller coaster. We waited in line for probably the longest amount of time of the whole day and when we finally got up to the ride, I chickened out. We had recently eaten and I really wasn’t trusting my stomach. Not ready to push my limits, I opted out of the ride. Call me a wimp, but to me, I had already conquered my fear that day and survived a major roller coaster!

At the end of the day, I had an awesome time at Six Flags with my boyfriend and friend! It was a great and super fun experience, and I am glad that I got on that roller coaster and conquered my fears! Collegiettes, you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it!

 

Catherine Santangelo is a first year student here at Fairfield University, and is from Pelham, New Hampshire. She is a Communications major, Educational Studies minor, and plans to get her Masters in Elementary Education to become a teacher. In her free time she loves to listen to music, watch the Boston Bruins, and laugh with her friends. She is super excited to be a part of the Her Campus team this year and looks forward to writing many articles for readers to enjoy!
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