Ever since I was young, I have had to overcome adversity. When I was around 8 years old, I had an achilles issue where my bone grew and the muscle didn't, restricting movement, causing me to limp, and be slow. The only way for me to combat this was to run, so I did. Endless sprints later, I pride myself on my speed. As one of two freshman on Varsity at my high school, my teammate and I were forced to shave our heads, a feat we hoped would bring us closer to our teammates, however it only further ostracized us. It is challenges like this that have built me as a person and an athlete. My philosophy has always been it is impossible for me personally to lose if I don't get outworked, so long as I can instill this belief in my teammates as well. I pride myself both on my work ethic and my leadership skills, and I would love to challenge myself to play, and succeed at the highest collegiate level possible. In school, this same philosophy continues. I pride myself on my oratorical skills, which I use both on the field as a captain, and in the classroom in creating good relationships with teachers. I feel part of the reason I feel so proud of the grades I receive is because they do not just happen, but rather, just like on the field, I have to put in the work to outplay my competition, be that tests or peers. I am excited at the prospect of struggling with the idea of being the youngest player again, and I look forward to fighting to make my teammates better, so long as they do the same.