Being injured for the whole of my freshman year was one of the biggest obstacles I have had athletically. From the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, I could not participate on the soccer field because I was suffering from a hip bone injury. It was a slow healing process, and in order to make sure I came back one-hundred percent could not kick a ball and I had to limit my running and jumping. I sat on the sidelines watching my teammates play as the team manager.
Through that experience, I learned two things. The first is patience and self-discipline because I had to follow my doctor’s orders when no one was around. I had to wait for my hip to heal fully because I did not want to spend extra time on the sidelines. The second thing was that everyone is needed in a team, even when they are not on the field. My coach stressed that I should be at every practice and every game possible to help out. As some of the newer people had to fill spots, it also my job to help them understand our playstyle, set plays, and point out spots in their game where they can improve. That year, increased my drive to play soccer and inspired me to improve my skills as a soccer player to become the best player that I could be, while helping my teammates out along the way.