I got into soccer because my parents wanted to channel my emotions in a healthy manner. While many may see that as a weakness, my personal opinion is that that is what was the separation between me and my peers. I have always, and will always bring intensity, tenacity, the winning mentality, and the drive to perform at my absolute best, not just in games but in training. Throughout my many years of playing, I have had many humbling experiences including not making playoffs my first year of playing at the developmental academy level. Up until then, I always had successes in soccer individually and collectively, but this made me realize that there are other players and teams all over the country who are just as good, if not better. Which was not exposed to me when I was playing at regular club level in Oregon. My perspective changed completely which made me work harder, prepare better, react positively, among other small details that make up the mentality of an athlete. However, I have also had many encouraging experiences. I was made captain for the Portland Timbers Academy at the U17 age group this year. To know that the coaches, the players, and the general staff have the confidence in me to lead a group of talented men, and represent the badge of a professional club means the world to me. I'd like to think I possess the leadership quality, the exuberant personality, and the character of a winner to not just be respected by teammates and coaches, but to be liked as a human being before anything else. Ultimately, I feel like my successes and my failures have shaped me into the person I am today, which I personally believe can be a a player that can compete at the collegiate level.