I enjoy being part of a team where people count on me to do my best no matter if I'm having a good day or a bad one. Focus and effort are two characteristics that my parents have instilled in me as a young child. They also taught me that academics and athletics should be taken seriously but should also be fun. I enjoy school, not because I like sitting in a classroom getting lectured, rather, I enjoy the atmosphere, the friendships, the new experiences and the challenges it sometimes presents. I've worked hard to be on the Honor Roll every semester of high school and I'm proud of myself for maintaining good grades. Athletics are similar in those ways as well. Meeting new teammates, new coaches, a new arena or a new Town. All present challenges, yet I've been successful with each team I've been a part of. To me, the unknown is fun and part of the journey.
I've had struggles in my life. We all have obstacles to overcome so I don't feel I'm any different that anyone else. I was born early and because of that I've had ear issues my entire life. I've had six ear surgeries and currently have permanent tubes. I'll live with these tubes probably forever, but unless I told you, you wouldn't know. To me it's just anothe day. A few years ago, I had a coach ask if I could see the puck beyond the blue line and I realized that I really could't. Come to find out I have astigmatisms in both eyes and needed glasses. Contacts at age twelve were challenging but now it's just another part of my day.
I'm not sure what I'll be after college but I'm pretty sure it will be in the Engineering field. I really enjoy Math and I always have. Figuring out complex algorithms and trigonometry are exciting because they present a challenge.
I'm a competitor, I always have been. Whether it's to get the best grade I can, to get a shutout against a fierce opponent or even to win a family Cornhole tournament, I always want to win. I've been fortunate to be on the winning side a lot in my life. I've won many league championships, tournament championships and even the New Hampshire State championship.
Unfortunately, I've also seen what it means to lose. I had a friend die in a car accident when I was in elementary school. I've lost two grandfathers to cancer and one who had ALS for over twenty years. I understand how fortunate I am to play a game I love and I'm blessed to have people along side of me that help me be successful.
We all have challenges in life but my parents have taught me to enjoy it as well. Yes, I like to play video games here and there, but they are not my life. I enjoy the outdoors. I like to hunt, to go fishing, hiking, to play golf, go snowmobiling and I really enjoy camping all summer long with family and friends.
I'm only sixteen, but I've lived a very good life. I've traveled on many family vacations. I've been fortunate to have parents that support me and encourage me to do my best without demanding it. They have allowed me to follow my interests and they give me opportunities to be successful. I was a student of Mike Buckley's Goalie Development Systems school for over six years. I've had excellent instructors to include NHL'ers like Casey DeSmith (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mike Robinson (San Jose Sharks) and Brian Foster (Florida Panthers). I continue to train in addition to my team commitments because I want to be the best.
I have specific interests I'm looking for in a college. I want to make sure they have the right academic programs for me and my interests. I also want to make sure the athletics department will be a good fit for me and a place where I can be successful. I'll continue to grow and develop through the remainder of my high school years. I'll also continue to work hard in school and on the ice to be the best student athlete that I can be. I appreciate you taking time to review my personal statement and I hope I'm a good fit for your program. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.