If I had to describe myself with one word, it would be "competitive." I find myself competing in nearly everything I do. Athletics or academics, I strive to be the best. As a junior on my high school softball team, my goal at the beginning of our season was to earn the highest batting average. Achieving this goal after a two-year hiatus due to consecutive ACL surgeries has been one my greatest achievements to date. Believe it or not, these injuries were a blessing in disguise. They taught me that I am both mentally and physically strong--capable of anything I set my mind on doing.
Growing up, I have always received attention because of my natural physical abilities. I have always been taller than other girls my age, I ran faster than the boys. However, a coach once told me, "Hard work beats talent," and that stuck with me. I practice my technique and strive for perfection so that my drive matches my physical abilities.
I have learned to compete in the classroom as hard as I compete on the field. I apply the same mental toughness it takes to graduate with no less than a 3.5 GPA to my softball game. I practice and study daily. I am a firm believer that your attitude is your altitude. When I am at bat, my mentality is that I am capable of hitting any pitch sent my way. I don't get nervous, instead I focus.
I take pride in being a stellar athlete, student, and leader. Adversity breeds accomplishment, so I am thankful for every hurdle I have had to clear. It would be a dream come true to have the opportunity of applying the skills and lessons I have learned at the collegiate level.