My name is Santina Arena and I am a 5’2 center fielder, short stop, and utility player. Softball is an extremely important part of my life. It’s provided me with opportunities to travel to different states as well as countries. Along with other opportunities such as the school I attend and the life long friends I have created. I started playing in 4th grade and from then it has transitioned from a hobby, to an escape from hard times, to my entire life. My career started in 4th grade with my grandfather as my coach. Him along with my mother were my biggest influences as well as my biggest supporters. Softball has also distilled confidence in my that I did not have before. I am extremely grateful for the role softball has played in my life, which is why it is such a dream of mine to continue to play in college.
When I was 4, my younger brother was diagnosed with Autism. Even though I didn’t understand it, I was always interested in the people who would help him, including an ABA therapist. An applied behavior analysis therapist often works with children on the spectrum, which is one of my goals. Apart from ABA therapy, I am also very interested in studying psychology in order to work in counseling. I hope to be able to be counsel teens and young adults who are struggling with tough times in their lives. It is extremely important for me to find a school with the guidance, and the ability to help me to achieve my goals. I am dedicated to find the right school for me, to fulfill my athletic and academic needs to allow me to succeed.