I wouldn't be where I am today if wasn't for my family. From a young age I was encouraged to try my best and focus on my strengths, instead of my weaknesses. I was equally encouraged to focus on others, demonstrating patience and learning how to be more compassionate. This balance has stayed with me in school, on the court and in my community. I have learned how to stay calm through the challenges and push through every obstacle that stood in my way. I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by family and friends who allowed me to be proud of who I am and to be gentle with myself. As I think about my future I am motivated by the opportunities that may present themselves and help lead me toward achieving my highest potential.