My parents tell me that as a toddler, I was different than my siblings in that I rarely watched television or played with cars or legos. They tell me that I would find either a football, basketball, or soccer ball and start playing. It sounds strange, but when I did watch television, they tell me I gravitated towards the ESPN channel. Similar to many American children, I started playing soccer before kindergarten. My parents often tell me the story when, during my first soccer game, I felt lost and overwhelmed. That same year, we went to visit my grandparents in India. My parents took a soccer ball with us and I played with it in my grandparent’s home--kicking it against the walls, dribbling it around on their concrete driveway. Upon returning to America, I rejoined my soccer team. On the way to my next game, I confidently told my parents, “I am going to score 10 goals today.” They said that although they chuckled at the time, after the game, they could not believe it--because I actually did score 10 goals. Since that time, I have grown up to absolutely love the game of soccer. I played various sports throughout elementary and middle school, but have enjoyed soccer the most and stuck with it through high school. Since then, my love for the game has grown exponentially.
Through my dedication to the game and personal hard work, I was selected to play for the California Odyssey Soccer Club 03 team. This club is one of the most competitive clubs in Northern California, and my team plays in the National Premier League 1 (NPL 1). We consistently place in the top three of our fall league season, which qualifies us to the NPL Champions League each spring. Playing with the best teams and the players in northern California has greatly improved my soccer knowledge and skill. Playing at this level and speed has increased my personal confidence.
In addition to playing on my club team, I am a starting player for my Varsity soccer team at Buchanan High School in Clovis, California. I am a versatile player and am thus utilized in a number of positions, but I find myself most comfortable and effective as a center midfielder or outside midfielder. My freshman year, I was the only underclassman to get selected for the Varsity team for playoffs. Since then, I have been a starter for the Varsity team. Currently, as a junior, I lead the team in goals and assists.
Further, I have been consistently selected for my region’s NorCal Player Development Program (PDP) training. This training takes place once a month with the top players from Northern California.
In summer 2019, I had the unique opportunity to train in Argentina, with the 02/03 San Lorenzo Academy, a first-tier Argentina team. During 10 days of intense training and playing alongside skilled athletes in Buenos Aires. Although the San Lorenzo Academy offered me the opportunity to stay and play for the Academy, I decided to return to America to finish my high school education. I made this decision because I wanted to pursue my ultimate goal, which is to become a college-level student-athlete.
I am very motivated to succeed in soccer. However, I am equally, if not more, motivated to succeed in the classroom. Because I value my education tremendously, I aim to utilize the opportunity to attend college to work towards the best life for myself. As such, my ideal college program is one that challenges me in both academics and athletics.
All of my coaches regularly comment on my drive to succeed and my dedication and hard work to keep improving. I am a team player and will give it my all in everything that I do.