Over the past 13 years playing this game, soccer, has taught me invaluable lessons that I would struggle to find in other settings. The massive highs and lows will be ingrained into and reflect my character as I continue to move forward and grow as an individual. As I look forward to college, I can’t imagine not continuing to play the game I love and to continue to embrace the challenges that playing at a higher level brings.
When I was handed the starting spot my freshman year, I was out to prove my worth, and I helped push the team to the district finals and into the regional competition. When I picked up the injury half way through my sophomore year, I learned the off-pitch aspect of leadership, and that I don't have to always be physically performing to influence and help my teammates. I continued to support and mentor the JV goalkeepers who were set to replace me. I helped them adjust and become comfortable at the varsity level, as I knew from experience the jump and pressure can be quite intimidating. This year I’ve continued my growth, being named a captain and receiving the Coaches Award for my play and conduct.
I do take pride in my study-related achievements as well as my athletic achievements, and understand the effort required to challenge myself so I succeed in both areas. The time struggle between school, two sports, and a social life has enlightened and allowed me to hone the effective time management skills necessary to succeed not only in college, but more importantly beyond the books. I try to stay involved in my community as much as I can by volunteering and participating in school-sponsored programs such as the National Honor Society and National Math Honor Society.
In summary, soccer has been a huge part of my life and has been a major factor in making me who I am today. I feel I still have a lot of room to grow as an athlete and as a person, and I’m not ready to give that up yet.