My family has influenced who I am. They assist and push me to do the best I can, but give me choices to choose whatever I want to do in life. My family are my number one supporters, and always will be. They made me the type of person who pushes myself, and doesn't care what others say or think. They shaped my work ethic and personality. Academics come first in my house. In the first marking period, I finished with an unweighted GPA of a 3.8 and a weighted GPA of a 3.9. My goals from now on is to reach a 95% average, or 4.0, although I'd like to be higher. In planning my future, I want to realistically get the best grades I can, but I do not yet know what I want to study in college. Football is a very important part of my life. I've played football since I was 5 and really grew an interest to play quarterback at 7. Football has shaped me. It's really true when I say without football, I'd be a complete different person. I have learned the value of hard work, to never give up and how team work is very important in all parts of life.
My dad always told me to respect my competition and ignore outside distractions. I have taken that advice and focused on getting myself better as an athlete and a student. I have faced adversity, such as not making some travel baseball or Lacrosse teams, and this has and still is motivating me today. Ever since I played flag football, I was competing at quarterback with the best athlete. The kid was faster and stronger than everyone else and could throw the ball twice as far as anyone else on our team. He and I were friends and had a healthy competition, but this only drove me. I threw every day in the backyard and on Sundays at two sessions back to back for a combined 6 hours. Eventually, in seventh grade I was finally a better quarterback than him, but what kept him around was his athleticism. So, in between eighth grade when I ran a 6.2 40 yard dash and freshman year when I ran a 5 flat, I got athletic enough to completely beat him out.
But it won't end there. Next year I'm competing with a senior for the varsity job, and I'm going to work as hard as it takes to get the job. The unique characteristics that help me on the field and in the classroom are my determination, my drive to be the best, and my leadership and teamwork.