From very early on in my life, softball has been an identity of mine. I’ve enjoyed cross-country, track, volleyball and basketball as well, but softball is my passion. It’s the teammates, the individual wins and personal goals that we achieve throughout the season; that’s what makes the sport something that I cannot live without.
Hardship is something that builds us as individuals. I know insecurities like very few people I’ve ever met. As a child, my siblings and I were taken away from my birth family when I was 3 years old to be placed in foster care, after a few foster homes, I was adopted, and have since overcome the emotional and physical pain of an abusive adopted father. It’s our experiences in life the frame our perspective; I am a survivor, not a victim.
Knowing that my education is what will take me into adulthood with preparation for achieving my personal success, it is important to me to attend a college that can adequately meet my educational needs. Coming from a small rural farming community in Iowa, our exposure was limited to what was offered locally. It is my goal to attend a University that it out of the Midwest, that is known for academic excellence, and that will allow me to be accepted on their softball team to participate in the sport that I absolutely love.