Ever since I started playing hockey at age 8 I thought of it as more than a sport but also helping to define who I am and who I will be. Hockey has taught me many things on the ice and even more off of the ice. Life lessons such as work ethic and being a good teammate are only a few of what this game has shown me. In life you won't get anywhere without working hard, and that is something that I take to heart. For many years, I was a third line player. One day I decided I will become a first line player. I focused on shooting pucks, working out, and spending a lot of time improving my stride to help increase my speed and power. By the end of that season, I moved up to the first line. I apply this same work ethic to school as I know I will never achieve my long-term goal of playing NCAA Division I hockey without strong grades. Over the past year, I have taken increasingly harder classes to help prepare me for college while also working as a lifeguard, babysitting, and volunteering at church to help give back to the people who have made me what I am today.