One of my greatest strengths is my persistence and ability to maintain focus on achieving long term success. Through track, I have learned that I am more concerned with bettering myself each day and reaching my true potential despite any adversity, than I am with being the best at something right away. Track has taught me that exceptional results are not simply a product of natural ability, but also specific and dedicated training. Track has also taught me that I can always improve myself so long as I maintain confidence in my abilities and the discipline to always push myself further.
Not a day goes by where the skills I have developed both in the classroom and on the track don’t coincide. One skill that I use in school and track is my sense of discipline for my work and training, a skill that I have refined through years of rigorous advanced placement course study and also three years competing in track at the varsity level. Another academic and athletic skill I possess is my ability to manage my time efficiently and effectively, working through a task to completion to my highest ability. I also enjoy the process of learning. Athletically I get great satisfaction from studying and perfecting the technical aspects of skating, skiing, and hurdling. Academically I find that I naturally gravitate towards learning new information wherever and whenever I can.
I have overcome several obstacles throughout my high school athletic journey. I was forced to stop playing Ice Hockey, a sport I had played since kindergarten, after suffering a second concussion on the ice during my sophomore year. In need of a new winter sport, my junior year I was introduced to Nordic Skiing. I had never put on a pair of skis prior to joining the team. Though I was inexperienced, I dedicated myself to training and learning all that I could about proper form. Additionally I learned new endurance training methods that were beneficial to my skiing performance and also taught me to understand the importance of proper form over natural strength. By the end of my first season, I placed in the top third of all male competitors at the Wisconsin State Nordic Skate Skiing competition. As a bonus, the strength and endurance I gained from participating in Nordic Skiing proved to be extremely valuable in the 2019 track season.
Another obstacle that I have overcome in my life is a recent Crohn’s Disease diagnosis. This condition negatively affected my ability to perform athletically for most of my sophomore year and the fall of my junior year. Over time I was able to find the right combination of medication and diet to treat my symptoms. From a diet standpoint, I now limit myself to one - two cups of fruit a day for dietary sugar, have eliminated things like refined sugar, wheat and dairy, and avoid processed and GMO foods as much as possible. I have found this approach has completely eliminated my symptoms and I believe has also contributed positively to my athletic performance and overall strength and endurance. I have never felt stronger or been in better physical shape.
In summary, I have achieved success in the classroom and on the track through several common traits: a love of the learning process, dedication to perfecting the techniques, persistence, and willingness to try something new, regardless of the difficulty.