My name is Patrik and I am a 6'4 165lb OH/MB. I am Swedish American and was raised speaking two languages. Throughout my entire life, I have moved to new countries and experienced a wide variety of things. I was born in Washington D.C, and from there moved to Sweden, Thailand, Sweden again, and am now currently living and will graduate in New Delhi, India. Living abroad and experiencing different cultures as well as being around people of all backgrounds is what I consider has made me who I am. In my current volleyball team of 10 people, 8 different nationalities are represented. This is what my entire life has been like; I am constantly surrounded by people from all over the world. I first became interested in volleyball my freshman year; I was new to my school and all of my new friends were going to practice so I decided to go with them. The coaches taught me the basics, and from that moment, I fell in love with the sport. After the first season, I was presented with two awards:
"Most Sportsmanlike Player" In recognition of outstanding sportsmanship in MESAC JV Volleyball 2017-2018 & "PSA's 'Spirit of the game award'" (I was one of two high schoolers to receive the award, and the only freshman to receive it). The greatest obstacle that I have had to overcome throughout my volleyball career is patience. I had a back injury last season that prevented me from competing in the MESAC tournament which was extremely frustrating. I knew that I would get better if I stayed with my physical therapy, so I had to make the decision of not playing and worsening the injury in order to get better and stronger. One quality that I possess is leadership. I have been the captain and co-captain of several teams, some as a sophomore on varsity teams with juniors and seniors on them. I am extremely hard working and this quality has rubbed off on my teammates as well. There have been many instances where I am able to bring everyone together for optional practices outside of our regular schedule. Our school closed gyms so I decided to set up my own volleyball court in my backyard so I can keep training in quarantine. I am training to become the best player that I can become and this is reflected in my schedule. I train my skill set every single day and work on perfect passing, isolating parts of my game such as my jump serve but only training the toss, really getting reps for as many different parts of the game as possible. On top of this, I train in my gym 5x a week. These training sessions include lifting days, core days, and mobility days to recover and focus on injury prevention. I am also a very flexible athlete. My current position is listed as an outside hitter, but I also enjoy playing middle and opposite, I've had great swings from all positions. My academic goals to reach in high school is to raise my overall cumulative GPA for all of high school. I started high school at a new school and have raised it every semester. I achieved a 4.05 unweighted GPA (straight A's and one A+) second semester of my sophomore year and am looking to keep my grades at a similar level. I finished the first semester of my junior year in the full IB Program with a weighted GPA of 4.3 and an unweighted GPA of 4.0. Now, at the end of the second semester, I finished with a 4.56 weighted GPA, once again raising it.