I was 4 years old when I first began to play the beautiful game. My whole family loved soccer, so I was born for this sport. Throughout these 12 years of playing this sport, I have noticed that I care more about the team than my individual performances. I am not the star player that scores all the goals and gets all the attention, but I am the one who assists, initiates plays, and loves to help in every aspect of the field, whether it be defense or offense. Although I am very dedicated to soccer, I also focus on academics just as much. If everything goes as planned, when I graduate, I will be a certified personal trainer. This will help me pay for college because it will play more than a regular minimum wage job. My goal is to become a physical therapist at the end of my academic career, while rising in my athletic level as well.
There are many experiences that influenced me as a person and an athlete, but the thing that changed my life forever is when my friend, teammate, from 5 years ago passed away in an accident. His death affected my so much because I was only 11 years old at the time, and I had never experienced anything with death before. I didn't know what to do or how to react. It took me about a month to finally realized how to handle the situation. I felt as if the "everything is going to be ok" was no helping at all, so I had to tell myself that instead of seeing this in the most negative way, I needed to use this as motivation to work harder, to train when i didn't want to, and wake up in the morning and be grateful for living. This tragic event allowed me to mature way younger than most people do. I believe this incident made me the man I am today. I made a promise to myself and to him after this which is that I will reach the professional level not only for me and my family, but for him because he would of made it if he wasn't needed in heaven.