As a military child, I've had the unique experience of living in Germany, and attending Ramstein High School for my first two years of high school. These two years have allowed me to grow into the student-athlete I am today.
During my time living in Germany, I had the opportunity to play for various teams consisting of both Europeans and Americans. Sometimes I would be playing for three or four teams at a time! This variety, along with the military lifestyle I've lived has given me two important characteristics I believe are necessary for any aspiring college athlete: Discipline and Adaptability. Discipline is extremely important, as a player must learn to balance their time between classes, sports, and every other aspect of life. Living in Europe, has really helped me with this. At first, I struggled with a heavy class load, multiple sports teams, and all the other extra fun that comes while one lives in a foreign country. However, as time went on, I grew much better at this, and began to prosper. Adaptability is also an extremely important aspect. As a college player, one is expected to quickly adapt to college life, and to the style of whichever sport team they may be playing for. As a military child, I have a enormous amount of experience with this. I have moved a total of ten times throughout my life. Every time, I have had to quickly adapt to a new school, and a completely new lifestyle. However, living in Germany really pushed my adaptability to a new level. I had to learn to adapt not only to a new school, but to an entirely new lifestyle. . Today, I am continuing to adapt. I am currently at my third high school, Jacksonville High, and I am playing soccer with a new coach, new team members, and a new playing style. I'm continuing to adapt constantly, and I know I'll be able to do the same come college.