I will never forget the day my mom sat me down and told me I had dyslexia. She said I needed to understand what that meant for my future. She taught me, like so many of my teachers and coaches, to not be defined by my struggles. Adapt, apply, achieve and advance were the A's I was expected to earn. My mom has always said, "the choices you make, dictate the life you lead." I choose knowledge. I want the opportunity to help athletes in the future to reach their full potential. As I look forward and prepare for my future, I want to attend a college that will challenge me academically and that will advance my skillset as a goalkeeper. I want a family — my team. I am a motivator, a protector and a team player in every aspect of my life. As I grow both physically and mentally throughout my college years both on and off the pitch I will strive to earn my A's. I will continue to learn new techniques, to push boundaries and excel toward the next level. I will accept change. I will ask questions and I will never stop growing. I am ready to write my story and not be defined by my differences!