My name is William Suckow, I am a freshman this year, and I will graduate in 2024. I have begun to explore what goals I want to achieve in college within a degree field, and as a soccer player. I know finding my place for college will be an integrated fit of a few factors. These factors are offering the best program in what I decide to study, being able to play soccer at the collegiate level, campus life that I can be an active part in, a location that offers an array of things to do, and the ever-real consideration of hopefully being able to get some help with the financial cost of it all. My goal is to find a great college that fits those factors well, because that is where my best fit will be.
Academically, I always strive to do my best, and so far, my goals have directed my academic achievements to a high level. I have been able to maintain “A” honor roll since 4th grade. Even through the pandemic at the end of my 8th grade year and through my freshmen year with the obstacles that it has presented, I focused and was able to continue my grades at a high level throughout this unusually time. Even though this is my freshman year, I have already taken the ACT to begin getting comfortable with the test. Academics and learning must be the top priority to be able to achieve the goals of having a career one day and being a contributing citizen to our society.
As a young child, my parents recognized an athletic, competitive side to me. The first sport that I was old enough to play was soccer, so they signed me up at 4 years old. My parents didn’t play soccer growing up, but my family has fallen in love with the sport through watching me play and grow in it. Soccer quickly became my true passion, others were added here and there, they added to my drive of competition and being athletic, but soccer has always been my favorite. I started playing competitive travel soccer at 7 years old. My last year playing recreational soccer my coach told my parents, “He has a really good ability having field vision/field awareness, which typically doesn’t happen this young.” He felt that if they were ready for the commitment of a competitive level, it would be a good move for me. I haven’t looked back.
In junior high, I played on the school soccer team and ran cross country and track. Honestly, I ran to give me more conditioning for soccer. I also ran cross country this year for my high school. This year as a freshman, I made the Varsity Soccer team and have enjoyed the humbling experience of the challenge of the increase in the speed of the game and playing against guys that are 3 years older than I am. I also lettered this year in soccer. I was surprised this year to receive awards/position I typically would expect a junior or senior to be given. I was named the Offensive Most Outstanding Player, and Honorable mention on the All-District Team. I also was selected to be a captain next year on the team. I began working at 14 as a soccer referee. I enjoy the dual perspective being a player and a referee has given me for the game.
I would be a good candidate for a college soccer team because I am a leader not only on the field, but off the field too, taking pride in all I do. It is important to realize how what you do off the field has a huge impact on your performance on the field. I am always focusing on areas of improvement and growth in my skills as a player, but also what I do off the field that may affect my skills in the game too. My coaches throughout the years playing soccer have complimented my ability to see the whole field/field vision, my coachability and being a team player. My main traits that I am proud of would have to be my work ethic and perseverance to push myself always to my greatest potential.
Another important part of my life is family and service, in my younger years I would go volunteer at the animal shelter with my mom and sisters. I have two sisters; one is my twin and then my younger sister. Favorite past times with my dad and friends are fishing and hunting. I am also a member of my youth group at church and an active participant during the summers of the food ministry that they hold weekly. I am a member of the Beta Club, and Key Club at my high school. I will also be an Ambassador for my high school my sophomore year. This organization is based on service to others, and also being leaders among the student body. I am honored to have been given this opportunity.
I believe that although I love the game of soccer and the physical and mental strength that comes with it, and I look forward to being able to play at a competitive level in college, the life lessons it has taught me and will continue to will be what I carry with me long after my playing days are done. The team work, the leadership skills, the friendships, the never quitting when something isn’t going as planned or practiced, the grit that it has given me and continues to, and a brotherhood with all of those who play the game, are just some of the things I will always hold on to.
It is important to me to find a college team that will allow me to continue to have the strong team work aspect that I always strive for, and the team bonding that I have experienced in my club and school teams.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile and read to find out more about who I am in all areas in my life.