I am different from the average college lacrosse recruit in many ways. While maintaining a 3.2 GPA in mostly Gifted / Honors classes, I am able to play competitive lacrosse year round. Another fact that may surprise you is that I am legally deaf in both ears. I refuse under any circumstances to allow my deafness to define who I am. One of my major college aspirations is to become the first deaf academic all American. Diagnosed at a young age with a severe hearing loss, I have learned to compensate using the environment that surrounds me. For example, at my first competitive tournament, it was pouring rain, I could not wear my hearing aids, therefore making me stone deaf for most of the day. I informed my coach that I would not be able to hear. He said, " You will figure it out, I am not worried about you. You are a smart kid. You know how to read the offense." Put in any given situation, I feel that I can easily adapt and adjust accordingly. I have always prided myself in "being coachable and humble." My work ethic is second to none but realize that my education take priority in all situations.