"School is your job," "it's student first then athlete," and "if you want something and are willing to work hard for it, then it can be yours; these are a few statements that have helped to shape my outlook on life and to develop a good work ethic. Experiencing life as a high school student-athlete I realize how crucial these statements are. How crucial time management, patience, perseverance and leadership are to who I am.
It is not easy balancing homework, practice and responsibilities at home, but not impossible. Maintaining leadership roles on and off the field and mat has helped me realize this. As a returning captain of the varsity football and wrestling teams, I made efforts to showcase good sportsmanship, respect for myself, my team and school. Being an older brother and cousin I realize that my behavior is imitated. So it is important to be conscious of my actions and lead by example. This includes making effort to be a valuable member of my neighborhood my participating in a number of community service events.
When I think about my goals of wanting to be an athletic trainer or physical therapist as well as to play sports on the college level, I'm willing to do all that is required to ensure my goal becomes reality.