I don’t remember the first time that I touched a soccer ball, but I do remember the one moment that would shape my entire life. That one moment which started a daily routine, opening several doors of opportunities in the future. My parents surprised me on my 10th birthday with a pair of soccer shoes and a ball which at the time of our current situation was not easy for them to buy. I also had my first tryout with my first club. I remember just the joy from the thought of finally being able to mark my first competitive steps into the sport I enjoyed so much. From then on, half of my life has been about playing soccer and the other half was balancing my academics.
I have a 93 cumulative average, scored a 1410 on my SAT, and am an inductee for the ARISTA National Honors Society. I am a 6’0 ft, 155 lb midfielder for Francis Lewis High School’s boys varsity soccer team and Valencia CF Academy in NY. I have been a starter for my high school varsity team for three years and have experience playing abroad in Spain and Portugal. Through this sport, I have developed into an ambitious character and student athlete. I find it important to manage my priorities which is education and soccer. I recognize the sacrifices I have to make in order to ensure myself a path in the future that I can take without regret.
In college, I want to follow the path into neurology so that I can study tuberous sclerosis, a disease that my little sister is diagnosed with. Through this, I hope that I can make a difference by helping other kids that have similar conditions to my sister. Balancing soccer and academics reaffirmed the lesson that my parents taught me on my 10th birthday: being successful takes sacrifice. For me, being successful means reaching my goal of being a student-athlete and following an academic path towards studying neurology. I'm working hard everyday to achieve my long life goals and to ultimately make it into the collegiate level.