I moved to Middleboro when I was about 3 years old from Brockton with my two parents and older brother. Once I started school I was still kind of the new kid because I didn’t really hang around with other kids except my neighbors in my neighborhood. But after I got all settled in and school years started to go by, I’ve realized that Middleboro High School will have a meaningful place in my heart for the rest of my life. Freshman year was all about the experience of heading into high school and what seemed like a new world. Classes were longer, harder, and more diverse than anything I had in middle school. Basketball was my outlet, the sport that I live for. Once winter came around and I got onto that court, I felt like I was home. Heading into my Sophomore year, the stress about being the underclassmen in school had worn away. I met some of my best friends that I imagine I will have for the rest of my life. Basketball season came and I worked my way into the starting point guard position on the varsity team. Coach Steve Fernandez gave me the leadership opportunity to try and push me to show every drop of my potential. After basketball was over, I started to become more and more tired and drowsy for the next two months and on April 17th, 2018, my life was changed forever. I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes and was in the ICU of Boston Children’s Hospital with Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). My dreams of playing sports again were crushed as I thought this was the end of my athletic career, because I knew nothing about it. But after the staff (that I am truly thankful for honestly saving my life) at Boston Children’s Hospital, spent about two days worth of teaching to my parents and I about the disease and how to deal with it. The rest of the school year after that was kind of rough for me, and I fell into a depressed state, thinking that my life was slowly falling apart in front of my eyes. My best friends were some of the first people to here about the news of the diagnosis, and they have been by my side ever since and I can’t thank them enough. They are honestly part of the reason that I wake up and try my best everyday. Then my Junior year of high school had started, “the most challenging year of high school...” what most people say. I was excited for the new year and being tagged as an upperclassmen that younger grades will look up to in school now. The reality of growing up was starting to hit me as I saw that the seniors were starting to look into and visit colleges. College in my family hasn’t been pushed, no one in my family on both sides has ever spent a day as a college student, and some haven’t even gotten a high school diploma. But for me, I feel that it’s something that I can truly help boost my academic career and maybe even my athletic career if I’m lucky enough to have a chance to play at that level. But, all that aside, I truly feel that this is one of the most important decisions I will have to make in my life, because it sets the path for what I want to do when I grow up.
I am interested in Communications and Sports Journalism, something along the line of an professional sports media journalist.