I started playing field hockey for my middle school at 13 years old. My primary position was sweeper, but I immediately fell in love with goalkeeping the day I first put on my pads and have been playing as keeper for almost 3 years now. Growing up I played many sports including soccer and softball, and have learned many defensive strategies from each sport. In soccer, I was also a goalkeeper, and I am currently a catcher in softball. I believe that these experiences helped me to grasp and master the skills I have as a keeper in field hockey.
I think my position as keeper has helped me develop skills of leadership on the field that I can use off the field as well. In a game, I always need to communicate with others in order to avoid confusion and ultimately stop goals from going in the net. I also need to be mentally strong enough to recognize when I've made a mistake that has cost my team a goal and then be able to move on from it in time for the next play to begin. From my position of goalkeeper, I'm the backbone of the team in a. sense that as long as I can remain positive and supportive of my team, we all have a better attitude despite the score.
As important as sports are to me, grades and academics will always be my primary focus. As a freshman I took 5 honors classes and maintained a 4.29 GPA across all of my classes. My sophomore year, I took 6. Heading into my junior year I am planning on taking 3 AP and 3 honors classes. I would like to go to college and study the medical/biochemical fields and have a career in either pathology or epidemiology.