Some people are talented in academics, some in art and others in music. My talent however is the competitive sport of soccer. For as long as I can remember soccer has been my greatest passion. At the age of 12 years old, I discovered my talent as a soccer goalkeeper. Since then playing soccer has taught me how to communicate well with others and work as a team. Other than my ability to work well with others and also enhancing my people skills, soccer has brought out a sense of leadership in me, which has helped me excel in the academic and social aspects of my life. Every game I play is a new challenge that I have to face and accomplish. I use the competitiveness I gained from soccer in my class room environments. The more I practice, the better I will become, and all the hard work pays off after a victorious game. I implement the “practice makes perfect” philosophy to my school work and presentations. In order for me to get better at Math, English or any other subject, I have to do my homework and study consistently so that I can demonstrate how much I have learned when I take and pass the final exam. Soccer has been my motivator to do well in school because in order to play for the school’s soccer team I have to be able to maintain a certain GPA, which I have always accomplished.
Soccer has also taught me to never to give up and to keep trying because every practice or game will be different. Playing a sport such as soccer, that has numerous varying factors to determine a victory, has taught me resiliency. Sometimes I might not always save all the shots or win a game but the good sportsmanship and ethics that I have learned from being a soccer player have taught me to never be discouraged. Even though I may not save every ball that I go after, I have learned to take risks in this sport and that is what life is all about, taking risks and trying to reach for my goals.