Dive! Eat! Dive! Sleep! Dive! I have learned many important life skills from diving. These experiences have helped me in my life and can transfer into my college life. I have learned the definition of commitment, passion and pushing yourself. All these things will help me in life.
Although I dive throughout the year, toward the end of each school year, diving ramps up for me. School ends, and the real training begins. I have to make sure that I am fully committed to do what I need to do to qualify for Nationals in springboard and platform diving. This takes planning and being prepared to do what I need to do. I know that this type of commitment is going to be important for college. I will need to be prepared for my classes and make sure I commit the time needed to do the best I can.
Passion is something I feel for diving and it drives me to do better. When I am in the middle of training I know it is the passion that keeps me going. It’s hard, but I do it anyway. This is another thing that will help me in college. I have my idea of graduating, so even when things get tough I will remember my goal and keep working for it. I will have passion for graduating and doing my best.
Pushing yourself takes more than just doing what you need to do to get there, it is making yourself work harder and having courage to take a risk to achieve. Diving is all about getting back on the board and doing the dive over and over until you get it just right. This is something that will help me in the future. I know that I won’t always succeed with everything the first time, but I have had experience with learning from mistakes and pushing myself to try again; maybe even harder the next time.
Diving is a sport that will help me as I move to the college environment. I know what it means to be committed. I understand the focus it takes to do your best with something you are passionate about. I have learned that accomplishing my goals is a process and may take getting up and doing it again by pushing myself harder. Finally, I know the feeling of achieving that goal of ripping the near perfect dive and realizing that all that work was worth it.