My name is Paul Novoa-Gueneau. I usually play left wing, and sometimes left back and attacking midfield. I consider myself a versatile player and you can expect from me: patience, hard work, and grit. My goal is to continue my soccer career collegiate and the dream is to take those talents to a professional level. In college, I want to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering. I am aware of the challenges that this will bring, but I am mentally and physically ready to do it.
I have always loved soccer. I first played in a club when I was 5 years old in Norway. When I arrived in the US, I joined my school’s soccer team and a club. Soccer has taught me that I have the resources to overcome obstacles through patience and focus. As an example, in my sophomore year I experienced growth spurt-induced injuries. I came back thanks to physical therapy, diet changes, and a daily stretching routine. I constantly educate myself as to how to prevent injuries and take care of my body to be the best athlete I can. Not playing the spring season of 2018 was a hard blow that cost me my place in a higher-level team, but I used all the resources I could to get better and I never lost focus. This spring season, I have been invited to play with that team again.
After each game, I watch the video and analyze my mistakes in different situations. I try correcting them to make the right decision the next time. I’m able to learn from my mistakes to grow as a player.
In school, I strive to have A's in every class, which I am able to do without sacrificing neither soccer nor my friends. I go to bed early, I eat healthy, and when I come to class I am focused on the subject matter. I want this routine to continue collegiately as I have goals that I want to achieve long-term.