I want to go to college not because society says that's what's next, but because self-improvement is important to me. I want to gain the skills employers find useful and make a better life for my family and I. Football and family has shaped me into who I am today. In third grade, I found my passion for the game. Training has positively impacted so many areas of my life. I have a healthy mind and body. I am confident and optimistic. I am disciplined, I manage my time well and I find that I achieve my best results when I’m busy. I have been recognized as a leader of my peers on and off the football field; someone who’s a compassionate listener for a friend or teammate and someone who leads by example. Football has taught me to push myself and set goals. When my body tells me to stop, my mind says, “keep going.” Football and family have taught me patience and selflessness; sometimes your moment doesn’t come until late in the game - sometimes it doesn’t come at all. But my contributions are always meaningful on the team level. I value time with my family. I am there for them when they need me. Football and family have taught me how to have fun. I don’t take myself too seriously. I can laugh at myself. I’m never overly critical of others. Finally, Football has taught me balance. I understand the importance of maintaining my academic performance in high school while also dedicating myself to the football program. I will always give my very best effort in the classroom and on the field and do my best to modestly represent the athletic scholar.