From the sixth grade until the recent pandemic, I set a goal for myself to become the first female catcher in the MLB. The objections and constant disapproval that came with being a girl playing baseball forced me to become a resilient, confident player. As my confidence grew in baseball, I began to trust myself more in softball. Stepping onto the field became my safe place predominantly as challenges in my life emerged.
I can’t remember a time that I’ve wanted anything other than to be in full gear right in the middle of all the action. Even as a seven-year-old little girl, tightening the straps on my gear for the first time, I knew I’d continue to gear-upthousands of times over again. Catching has taught me not only to look for another way to do something but to trust your teammates. Softball is as meaningful to me as both my expanding curiosity in the sciences and my passion for creativity. I have always had to play a sport each season as well as keep my grades up, and thanks to that work ethic and time management my parents instilled in me, I have never had to choose between school, art, and sports.