I began playing field hockey in third grade at a summer camp. When I began playing on my school team in seventh grade, I quickly learned that one season would not be enough for me, so I started playing club field hockey, too. Playing this sport has brought so much to me. For one, it has brought out my confidence. As a beginner, I really started to become more of a leader and more outgoing. Back then, I realized that I had some talent and found myself standing out to my coaches and teammates. Feeling that newborn confidence, I realized there was no longer any reason to hold back. I challenged myself to act instead of react and began attacking the ball without reservation. Not only have I gained more confidence, I have also become stronger and have learned how to best communicate with my teammates and coaches on and off the field. Over these past few years, this game has allowed me to grow, and I hope to be able to continue to find opportunities to get even better. I also hope to continue playing in college.
As a high school freshman, I was asked to step into a starting varsity position on my defending state title high school team. This experience taught me that if I worked hard enough, I could reach my goals and help my team reach our goals. But, I found that was not enough. I certainly would never want to let myself down by accepting less than my best, but my commitment to my team is also that strong, and I definitely want to give them my best, too. So, I quickly learned that I also needed to make strong connections to my teammates, show up to practice prepared and ready, and not allow one bad play to determine any upcoming plays in my game. I have learned to keep my head up and remain focused. Along with being prepared to play, I needed to make sure I kept up my grades and always gave my best effort. I know choosing to take three AP classes and three honors classes my junior year will be difficult at times, but I know that if I managed my time wisely I will stay on top of my work.
Besides my love for field hockey, I also enjoy skiing. During the winter trimester of my freshman year I earned the opportunity to go to school at Carrabassett Valley Academy, a US Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center, in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. There, I skied on the free ride team, travelled to Vermont for competitions every weekend, and went on trips out west to Utah, Wyoming, and Montana during the school year. As a freshman in high school, I learned important skills that are sure to be helpful in my future, including college. I learned to live with a roommate, and the conflicts that come with it like personality and interest differences. I also learned how to stay up to date on academics even while traveling and training during the day which taught me how to exercise independence while away from home.