Soccer is not just a game to me, it's a way of life. I have played, watched, followed, and been influenced by many coaches, players and mentors since I was five years old. I started like many kids, just to have fun. During those beginning years, typically the score was not brought up, however, that's when I learned I had a competitive side. I would know the score and when we lost - that was not a good feeling. My attitude about the players around me and my performance good or bad was often discussed with my dad during the long car ride home. I believe it was during those car rides that many valuable lessons have been learned. My father has played a huge influence in my love for the sport. Not only did he play since he was young, but he has coached, and managed many of the teams I have been a part of. His years of experience, knowledge and understanding combined with his passion has bonded us beyond words.
As I consider how to express who I am in this personal statement, I thought I might be helpful to describe who I am not. I am not the kid who misses practice because he is tired and he doesn't feel like going. I am not the kid who skips school because he was too lazy to prepare for the test. I am not the kid who takes basic classes because he knows he can get the easy "A". I am passionate in the class room as well as on the field. I care about my future and know that keeping good grades are a must. I also care about sportsmanship and understand that little things like cleaning up the water bottles and thanking my referees are just as important as playing well. Thankfully I have had a great start to learning these valuable life lessons, something that I continue to develop as I mature into a player and person of character.