I’ve played soccer since I was three years old. Like many, I played a variety of sports throughout the year; however, soccer seemed to be natural for me. Soccer has been an outlet for me my entire life, to get rid of stress and leftover energy. Just stepping onto a pitch relieves me from all the anxiety of the day. In 3rd grade, I joined my first club team and played with them for three years. I then moved to my current club where I started on the second team, and the following year was selected to join the division one team. I’m still playing on that team, and I am one of the team captains. I not only love the game of soccer, but I also love being part of a team with a focused goal and mission. I love the mental and physical challenges that soccer presents each and every game.
The process of figuring out how to play against another team effectively every weekend is what makes this sport so fun for me. The tactical and strategic element of soccer blended with the skill and physical challenges is what makes soccer special. Thinking through a game, anticipating plays, seeing the whole field, understanding how all the pieces/players fit together is something that brings the beauty of the game into view for me.
Although sports are usually seen as a physical activity, the mental side of sports is what truly draws me. I’m used to juggling a challenging academic schedule with my love for music and technology with my passion for sports. They all require you to think strategically, see the big picture, anticipate changes, and be tactical in your approach to find success across all areas.