Being trusted as the starting pitcher for my varsity team's most critical, high pressure games has made my high school experience better than I ever imagined. The competition, comradery, and coaches' expectations that I will perform at my best has helped me excel in baseball and in academics.
Experiencing this in high school is the reason I want to play college baseball. I have learned to thrive under the pressure of conference championships, district championships, a state championship, as well as taking final exams and presenting papers.
Other activities and interests I will bring to my college experience include working at a hydroponic farm producing eight times more organic food per acre and using only 10% of the water used in traditional farming, working with physically and emotionally challenged kids in the Challengers Baseball League, volunteering with young kids in summer baseball skills camps, and spending three summers as a junior counselor with the Journey Through Hallowed Ground civil war history camps.
I have also successfully worked through a learning disability. I have taught myself strategies to shine in the classroom. But my learning disability makes it difficult for me to do well on standardized tests. The SAT does not accurately represent what I can contribute to the thinking, discussions, and coursework required in the classroom.