I enjoyed running since 3rd grade, but it was in 8th grade when I realized I had the drive to be the best. Once this mentality clicked, I began placing in the top 5 of nearly every race that season. Going into my Freshman season, I worked to keep this mindset and compete with the higher level runners. I worked hard and placed in the top 10 at the JV races and was only two seconds off of making Varsity.
I carry my hard work ethic into everything I do: school, work, running and hockey. I've been playing hockey my entire life and I've never been a top level player. My skill was lower than most, but I always worked harder than most of the more talented players. When Sophomore year came around and it was time to either make Varsity/JV or get cut, I outworked the competition during the off-season training program and made the JV team. This was a major accomplishment for me and reinforced my belief I can do anything I put my mind to.
During summers I coach a middle school cross country training program to help strengthen our middle school program and hopefully convince some of them to continue running through high school and strive for varsity aspirations.
Other than cross country, in college I'd like to pursue a career in Environmental Health, because I want to have an actual impact on the natural world.