There is nothing more humbling than going from a starter to a bench warmer. This can either make you doubt yourself or motivate you to push yourself even harder. When this happened to me, I chose the ladder. In my Freshman year, I made the JV Soccer team, was a starting player and looked upon by the coaches as a role model for the other underclassmen. Then in my Sophomore year I made the Varsity team. Although I was excited about the privilege of joining Varsity, it was a hard adjustment for me, because I was no longer getting a lot of playing time. This experience taught me the value of a collective goal over individual fulfillment. By showing up to practice every day, with the right attitude and work ethic, I was not only improving my game but making the team a stronger unit. I also learned the values of patience, resilience, and commitment. On the club level, my coaches recognized my hard work and invited me to play with the 03 and 02 teams.
My ability to adjust to adversity and succeed will allow me to make a positive impact on your program. I am more than ready to tackle the challenges and enjoy the rewards of collegiate sports.