“You are not special, no one is special.” said Aunt Lee. I was 10 years old and my feelings were hurt when Aunt Lee first said that to me but as I have matured over the years I began to understand and live by these words. Fundamentally, every person has their own obstacles and challenges that they must face including those that may appear to have more privileges. It serves as a reminder that it is up to me to work hard to achieve my goals in life and maximize on the opportunities my parents have provided.
“The future Volleyball Star, remembers being on the Student Advisory Committee as his favorite memory. We will see you on the Volleyball court Timothy!” My passion for volleyball was memorialized in my fifth grade yearbook as the future volleyball star. Growing up volleyball was always a part of my family and I started to seriously train in the seventh grade.
As a young athlete, I had reservations about the sport; however, my parents encouraged me to stick with it and I knew deep down that I had to work hard to be good at any sport. I am inspired by great players and I typically have competitors in mind that I challenge myself to beat. One of my early accomplishment was during my freshman year when I was placed on the varsity team as the defensive specialist. During an early game I got my chance to outperform the libero and was ultimately awarded his spot. I learned from this experience that working hard is not always enough, a position is for you to keep or to lose and I have to stay focused to achieve my end goal.
School is my top priority because academic knowledge and life experience are the foundation of future success. I have focused on achieving academic excellence by studying hard and by putting school work as top priority. Ultimately, I strive to be a respectful, high integrity and passionate individual. I demonstrate these qualities in school, in volleyball, and with my family and friends. My end goal is to build a future so I can give back to the volleyball community.