Soccer has been so many things to me over the years. In my moments of bliss, it allows be to be the happiest version of myself. In my moments of doubt it serves as motivation to be successful. In my moments of sadness it becomes my outlet. When I step through those lines I become a competitor and everything else leaves my mind. Through those ninety minutes I don't think about anything else other than the task at hand and my opponents. Then once that whistle blows I take the time to watch film and improve on my game mentally. Soccer is a fun escape for me, but it also challenges me to become a better person. Through soccer I have learned patience, community, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, and so much more.
This mentality doesn't just exist on the soccer field but through my academics as well. I spend just as much time, if not more on my schoolwork than I do anything else. My academics are a vital part of who I am. I practice concepts and study on a daily basis. Sometimes loosing my sleep in the process. When test day comes I ensure that I am as prepared as I possibly can. When I step into that classroom, similar to a game my mind switches solely the material on the test. I tune out outside distractions and focus on what I came to do. I am the hardest person on myself when it comes to school. I want to be great, and I refuse to let myself settle for anything else. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am not ready to let the game go just yet. I want to commit to the ultimate challenge of playing collegiately. I look forward to bringing my upbeat and compassionate personality to a hardworking and dedicated team. I look forward to connecting to my coaches and teammates and establishing a newfound family. Soccer is a huge part of my life, and I am ready for the next level.