College is said to be a time when people find who they are and pave the way for their future.
At times it can be stressful and overwhelming, but for Flames prospect Tim Harrison it has been the best time of his life.
Playing for the Colgate University Raiders, Harrison found himself enjoying every minute of his time, which has led to him bettering himself on and off the ice.
"It helped me mature as a person and develop myself," Harrison said.
"It really helped me be the person that I want to be."
The old adage of college being the fastest times in life have proven to be true for the 22-year-old, and as he looks to start a new chapter in his life, he knows that the experience will never be forgotten.
From special bonds with his teammates, to staying focused and keeping up with schoolwork, to polishing up his overall game, Harrison has been the definition of a busy student.
"I met a lot of great guys that over the four years have became my best friends.
"I've also been busy trying to develop my ability to make quick decisions and find characteristics that translate to the pro game."
After wrapping up his four-year collegiate career with Colgate on Mar. 5, he signed an Amateur Try-Out agreement with the Adirondack Thunder and making his ECHL debut on Mar. 17.
Reflecting back on his first professional game, Harrison admits that the pre-game jitters were at a high ahead of puck drop.
"There were some nerves back in that first game," Harrison said.
"Once I got the first couple of shifts and hits in I really started to settle in."
More firsts came his way recently, as Harrison is coming off scoring his first professional league goal with the Thunder during the teams 4-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Mar. 21.
Although there was some initial confusion over whether or not it was indeed his goal, as his shot at the bottom of the face-off circle just trickled by and seemed to have been tipped, there was no deflection on second glance giving him the marker.
"It wasn't the hardest shot ever but they don't ask how it goes in," Harrison said.
"It was a really cool feeling and a big accomplishment."
With his first professional game and goal out of the way, Harrison is looking to keep it rolling and continue to develop his game.
"The ECHL is very skilled and has a lot of good players," Harrison said.
"I had a lot of fun and enjoy it."