At the age of 12 my swimming evolved from a hobby into a passion. That year I accomplished many goals and had the opportunity to achieve success at a higher level of competition. My early swimming experience has continued to be a driving force for me in this sport. Swimming is a significant part of my life, and something I am committed to continuing in college. In order to reach my goal, I have made it my mission to work hard inside and outside the pool, dedicating myself in practice and competition.
I am a competitive person in most aspects of my life. In the classroom, my focus is on learning the material and studying hard so that I can maintain a high GPA. I apply diligence to my work as a swimmer for my local teams as well as at my part time job. I often find myself trying to be the hardest worker in the room. My competitiveness has helped me in many ways. I am not always the tallest or the strongest swimmer, however, when I stand on the blocks I use my internal drive, mental toughness, technique, and stamina to achieve a win. I have found that nothing is more exhilarating than the race itself, and the feeling of accomplishment after earning a win is unequaled. At school I attend the Interact Club whose purpose is to aid the community through volunteering. Juggling all of these activities has allowed me to learn time management skills and the ability to manage stressful situations.
I am a social and outgoing person; I enjoy my teammates and being a part of a team with similar goals. We motivate and inspire each other to be the best that we can. I find that I thrive in this team environment. Although I have met short term goals that I set for myself on both the team and individual level, I look forward to the challenge of the next level. Becoming a college swimmer and contributing to my team’s success is the next major goal I have set for myself.