"I think a lot of athletes, me included, have a hard time finding that sort of identity, wondering is being a skater my identity," she said. "That was the one thing that I was able to figure out through going back to school, that there's more out there that I'm interested in doing and pursuing.
"I'm 31 and there is a time when you have to walk out of the ice rink. To me it's the idea of wanting to learn and keep on learning."
It feels right, she said, that the [USFS Hall of Fame] ceremony will take place in San Jose, site of her first national title in 1996.
"I feel like it's really come full circle," she said. "It's so emotional. There's so much love I have for the sport. So many amazing experiences, so many incredible people I've met along the way. And now reflecting on it, it's something I miss, of course. But I've moved on."