Dear Sir/Madam: My name is Stefan McBurney I am a freshman in high school and lettered in varsity golf in the 2017-2018 season. Though I didn't start off my high school career as strong as I would've liked, I seemed to have gotten things in the perspective they need to be both academically and on the course. I started learning as a means of building a stronger relationship with my step-father. In that process, I found a few things. First and most important I found a strong and lasting bond with a man who would in just a couple of years adopt me and be a strong guiding influence in my life every day. Second, I found that I had a genuine love of the game of golf and my parents tell me I have a little bit of skill in playing. Third, golf has given me time with my family that other kids my age do not normally enjoy. One summer we were fortunate enough to play 72 holes of golf every weekend for 8 months in a row! My family is encouraging me to develop my golf skills and supports my efforts in all ways. For example, my dad built my first set of golf clubs. My mom tells me he poured through pages of grips online to find the ones he wanted so he could create a set of clubs for me for Christmas. In addition to golf, I am developing a love for learning. It has taken me a few months to find my rhythm with high school. I was really not ready for the changes in expectations that would happen from middle school to high school. School has always been easy for me. I could always do homework in the 10 minutes before school in the morning. Once high school started, the expectations changed and I just simply was not prepared. Over the last few months, I made some mistakes and have learned from them. I am working to correct my downfalls and know that I will not make the same mistakes again. Now that I have adjusted my educational mindset I am moving forward with a focus on doing my very best each and every day. I will work to respect my instructor's time and efforts by applying my time and efforts to turn out the best work products that I can. In this way, I am showing them my utmost respect and fulfilling my role as a student in their classroom. I know from interactions with my instructors that they are seeing my change in approach and are appreciating my efforts. One of my instructors emailed my parents to say: "I do know that Stefan has really improved in the classroom. Actually gave him extra credit points for his improvements...I am proud of him." Now it is time for me to take this new focus and work with my instructors to fine tune my broad base of interests to determine my career path. My career path will lead me to an educational dream and vision that I hope to blend with a sports dream. With your help, I hope to work hard to make both dreams a reality.