While still figuring out where my professional life will take me, I can, with a degree of certainty, say that it will involve teaching. I am the oldest of five, so my life has revolved around helping and caring for my younger siblings. Through this, I have discovered my love for assisting and supporting others.
For the past three years, as a high school student, I have given my time to helping with my community's Kids Recreation Department. Working as a counselor, I use a positive approach to bring out the best in these children. I enjoy their eagerness, their trusting nature, and their never-ending curiosity. My love of sports also helps connect me to the children.
Sports became a passion of mine by the time I started middle school. My father instilled in me my love of sports. It was at this time that we began watching, discussing, and analyzing different professional sports games and players. He helped me better understand the rules and intricate concepts that went into all these sports, as well as the never ending commitment these athletes endured to reach where they are today.
By this time I had just made the school soccer team as a 5th grader and had earned my way into the starting lineup as their Right Back. Right from the start, I loved competing with my friends and the upperclassmen in my school. This competitive nature grew as I developed as a player. When I entered high school, I had a great desire to show others my commitment to give 110% of myself to whatever sport I was playing. Coaches took notice of this and brought me up to the varsity level before most of my peers.
Because sports in high school is a major commitment, I have learned to manage my time in both athletics and academics. I have had to create good study habits and organize myself so that I can be the best student and athlete that I can be. Also, since soccer and lacrosse are both largely team based, I learned to better communicate and bond with my teammates despite my quiet nature. Sports has aided me to see the great value in listening to instructions. Since I have such a high regard for all my coaches, this helped me in improving my skills by listening to their input and advice.
For high school, my goals are to continue in being an accountable student. Academically, I plan on challenging myself through higher level classes (ie. Advanced Placement). I want the knowledge and skills that I'm gaining in high school to assist me in my college and professional life. College is a time to mature intellectually and as a young adult. I want to develop my talents and passions and learn from my mistakes to grow into the person I want to become.
One obstacle that I continue to contend with is my reserved personality. While in the comfort of my own home or with my longtime friends, I am sociable and outgoing. When I'm out of my comfort zone, I tend to sit back and listen to my older peers who have more experience on the team. So I have been working on this. Although I am not the most vocal leader, I have gradually been taking a leadership role where I lead through example and show my dedication to the younger teammates.
Patience is my unique characteristic. I am known to my friends and family to have this trait. In a time when everyone expects things right away, I am able to easily tolerate and show self-control because I know that, with hard work and perseverance, I will accomplish my goals.