The qualities I possess that make me a good candidate to receive a scholarship include my good citizenship in my communities of Boston and Swampscott. I am helpful, I am a role model, I am caring, I am honest, I am friendly, I am loving, I am a good teammate, and lastly, I am thoughtful.
My experience in the Swampscott METCO Program has helped me grow, because it has helped me prepare me for the future. From the independent living skills of waking up early daily, to being able to work as part of a team, to time management, and communication, I have been given an opportunity to succeed although it did not always feel like it. The METCO program helped to show me that I can work with people from diverse communities which is going to better prepare me for college, and for my life in general. Over four years at Swampscott I have created so many relationships that are going to last a lifetime.
When I first entered Swampscott, I did not know what to expect. I felt like I did not matter and it bothered me for a while. I chose to play sports, because I knew sports would help me make friends. Sports always helps bring people together, but it also made me gain responsibility on how to balance athletics and academics. None of this was easy and I had some lessons that I had to learn which helped me become a better person. I had and still have people in my life that talked to me and told me that taking accountability and responsibility is the best way to learn from mistakes. As I matured, I knew that in life nobody is in charge of your decisions or how hard you work, and that drove me to become a better person. Now other students look to me for guidance and I try to give them advice I would have given myself.
Whenever I watch a video or just think of my loved ones it drives me to be better. My family makes me want to be great. The way they grind makes me want to return the favor and then I think of how hard others are working to play football and it makes me work even harder. I aspire to play professional football one day. Playing football at Swampscott was great this past year. I feel I have people in the town that love me and want the best for me and I will never forget how Swampscott made me feel my senior year. The game of football just brings so many people together. No matter what race or ethnicity you are, everyone is one big team, and that is what I noticed how people felt about the Big Blue. Playing at Gillette Stadium and winning with my friends is something that I will never forget. In addition to playing professional football, I am very interested in chiropractic science and communications. I hope that I can pick one, if not all paths, and go on to make myself and my family proud.