I started track when I was in 7th grade only because I enjoyed doing sports and to keep me in shape. I was a sprinter all the way until high school. Then my freshman year, I didn't do distance running until half way through the season. That season I ran my first 800m and 1600m race. That was when I found out I had a talent for running and that is when the coaches began to take notice of me.
I began to get into running because it helps me stay in shape of course, but I began to realize that I have a lot of fun while running. I still compete and still feel disappointed when I don't do as well I hoped, but I still enjoy the adrenaline and thrill I get while running and the thought I was able to compete against some of the top runners around. Running has taught me to be more disciplined. I have learned to know what I feel is best for me, to make choices, and to learn to take control of my own workouts. I have also learned some leadership, not because I am one of the best runners at my school ( I am humble and I don't want to show off), but because I feel I have to live up to everyone's expectations and I want to support all my teammates to be better than me and themselves.
I hope to make it in a college that could challenge both academically and athletically. But if the college just has one I will still take it. I currently am qualified for most colleges with a GPA higher than a 4.0. Right now in high school I hope to keep my GPA around a 4.5 and hope to get it higher before the end of the school year and before the end of my senior year next year.
An obstacle I faced was my freshman year. When I was a sprinter I didn't get to run many races for the first half of the season. But I still pushed myself with the others to show the coaches that I wanted to work and to make myself better. And it eventually paid off when the coaches noticed maybe I should try distance and now I'm running every single meet and even doing some sprinting events. Another obstacle I faced was this year. I decided that I would try to do soccer and cross country at the same time. It was especially difficult over the summer because I had to go to practices for those two sports, had a summer job, and was taking a college class. Then school came and it became difficult missing a lot of school because of the two sports. But I was able to keep up with my work and the support of my coaches in both sports helped me. I was able to continue playing varsity soccer and made the varsity cross country team both my first year ever doing cross country in the first meet.
A skill I feel I possess is that I have endurance which makes me good for running. Not trying to say I have better endurance than others or better at running, but I'm just as good as them. I am very disciplined. I will follow any instruction given to me and will follow it to the best of my ability. I am a team player. I don't say I'm better than the whole team. Instead I try to help them be better and support them on and off the running course or track.