College has always been part of my future. Playing soccer in college is my vision. I have been inspired as an athlete by the discipline and perseverance it takes to achieve the best of me and make the necessary contribution to my team. That same discipline and commitment impacts my attitude and direction academically as well. Academically I have always had a passion for writing and learning about different perspectives of life. I enjoy reading about philosophy and the philosophical ideas that have helped shape the world. As I became more passionate about being a goal keeper my interest in individual athletes what their experience and what influenced them became a similar quest. I read a number of biographies and memoirs and also watched hours of tape studying and contemplating the best of the game. It is important to me to continue to grow and learn as I progress on my path to achieving the best I can be.
Being part of a team holds me to the highest standard. Not only am I playing and learning for myself but as a team player I am one part of the whole. Playing for my school team brings another element of responsibility to it as the fans are counting on us as well. This year I am co-captain for our team. As a sophomore that is a huge honor and second only to being picked and starting for Varsity last year as a freshman.
Between my high school team and my travel club team I train full time for most of the year. I attend a competitive NYC high school with a rigorous curriculum. Transitioning to high school was a big challenge in 9th grade. I am proud of my accomplishment and feel that I learned a lot about my self and managing my responsibilities. I maintained 100% attendance and continue to. The same goes for my training and practice. I attend all practices which include two additional weekly sessions for goal keeping, six altogether. I attend every game and tournament. Attendance has been one of the ways throughout my life that I maintain my discipline and show my commitment to anything I do.
Playing and training in soccer is the most important thing to influence my character outside of my family. My family has always been supportive and encouraging. My dad grew up in Ireland playing soccer and rugby and trained me from the time I could run. My granddad grew up in the Bronx playing stickball and basketball and today at 87 still plays tennis and golf. He's a professor of economics. They have both taught me the importance of both the physical and mental aspects of becoming the best I can be. My dad and granddad share their excitement of playing and watching sports. That is something that I would like to incorporate into my future. Whether I am a professional athlete, coach or manager I know that my place in this world is finding my place in the athletic industry. Maybe I will write about it. Maybe I will direct it. The journey is ahead of me and I am determined to learn and create the best opportunities for getting there.