I was born in Atlanta and moved twice, landing in Massachusetts. I have a great family: an older brother, a younger sister and brother, and a Mom and Dad who believe in keeping us active. Since I can remember we’ve played sports, gone on hikes and camp outs, and kept in shape. Before I hit double digits in age, I had played Soccer, Basketball, and Football but after experiencing these different sports I zeroed in on my passion: Soccer. Maybe it’s because Soccer was the first sport I played (I was about 3), or maybe it's because both my parents played in adult rec league soccer, but no other sport or activity makes me as happy or as motivated as Soccer.
I would love to say I’ve won a ton of championships and always been on the A team, but I’ve had my share of disappointing season results, or team placements; most of those shortly after moving to Massachusetts, when I was in 2nd grade. I had some work to do to find my place with my friends and my team. It was fourth grade when I made the elite team at NEFC and fifth grade when I climbed my way to the A team in town.
Soccer has taught me how to keep striving to improve as an individual but also how to work on a team, how to win as a team, and sadly lose as a team as well. I’m a bit stubborn and have been known to stay on the field long after the practice, well into the dark working. I hold myself to a pretty high standard, and I put in the work on the field with the team and individually in my backyard.
Though soccer has helped me learn to win and lose with dignity, I must admit I love to win and really hate to lose. I bring that same attitude and focus to my work in school. I think one of my greatest strengths is my curiosity. I’m not sure if my curiosity to learn new skills on the field helps make me a better student, or my curiosity to learn in school makes me a better soccer player, but I enjoy improving my skills and knowledge.