For several years I have volunteered in my church and community (Youth on a Mission mission trips, Habitat for Humanity projects, American Veterans Association, as examples). From this I have learned that teamwork is fundamental to the success of any endeavor, and that we all have a job to do. Playing baseball since the age of 4 has taught me even more: that I must continue to develop a knowledge of this game that I am so passionate about, that one can never be too skilled or work too hard, and that confidence with humility is necessary to be a good leader- on and off the field. As a result, I have set very high standards of academic expectations for myself, I put in tremendous effort to develop my baseball (recently selected for Varsity squad as a Freshman) and athletic skills, and I aim to motivate my teammates to perform their best as well. My coaches have always been there to teach me; I value their feedback and guidance, and make the changes in my performance as I should.
During this process, I have: been awarded MVP and Captain of my middle school team, push myself to bat at the top of the line-up on my successful travel baseball team, became a brown belt in Karate, and have spent 4 years playing the trumpet First Chair in my schools’ bands. Experiences involved in these situations have shown me the value of performing well under pressure, and remaining-level headed, composed, and determined at all times. After all, my conduct is most important as I realize I represent my family name, my team, and my school.