Basketball hasn't always been my thing. Believe it or not, I was introduced to basketball by my middle school PE teacher. Sports has been an outlet for me to stay around positive role models and stay out of trouble. My mom continues to tell me, ” if you want to go places, you will do that through school related activities only.” I used to wonder why she would always say that to me. Now I understand that was her way of making sure I was in a safe environment and around those positive people. Her constant motivation and her willingness to sacrifice for me and my siblings makes my mom my greatest influencer. When I feel overwhelmed with personal responsibilities like practice time, studying time and lack of social time, she reminds me to prioritize and never forget that I am a STUDENT first and an athlete second. She explained to me that you can’t have one without the other meaning a academically or behavioral bad student does not have the opportunities a good academic/behavioral student would have; and since sports are secondary, education has to always come first. I’ve lost countless hours of sleep and "chill time" with friends in order to maintain my 3.66 high school GPA as in AP/honors student. I aspire to one day become a civil engineer or urban developer with a finance degree. Playing basketball on a collegiate and one day pro level definitely would be an added plus and great milestone achievements for myself and my family. If I had to use two words to describe who I am as a person and as a player, I would use the words humble and versatile. I’ve learned to accept my mistakes for what they are, for each mistake provides room for growth. I’m learning my limitation, my strengths, and my weaknesses while working each day to make sure I maintain my strengths and develop those weak areas into strengths and overcome my limits. In my few years of being a basketball player, I’ve learned adversity comes and it is up to me to rise to the occasion to overcome it. Versatility, I’ve also learned has to be a part of my growth. Being versatile on the court will make me a combo threat and a harder player to defend leaving my opponent confused and tired because they will never know what angle I will be playing for. I take proud in this gift I have been given and I plan on making the most of it as my basketball career is just getting start.