When I was in 6th grade, I tried out for the middle school softball team. During that tryout, I was determined to make the team, but I was cut. Today, I thank that coach for not taking me because I would have never been where I am now. Not making the team crushed my spirit, but I regained it and joined a travel ball team. I had never been introduced the competitive world of travel softball before. My travel ball team helped me grow and sprout into a better softball player. The drive the coach gave me by not putting me on the middle school team was immeasurable. This helped me develop the characteristics I needed to succeed - hard work, dedication, and determination. Over that period of time, I learned the value of the saying "failure is inevitable but hard work is optional." Since being cut from the middle school team, I have chosen hard work. It's that work ethic that will continue to help me achieve my goal of playing college softball. It's truly a blessing that I learned these lessons early on. This shows through every aspect of my life as I also maintain a 4.0 average and will continue to strive for straight A's in a challenging curriculum. I sincerely try to do everything to the best of my abilities, and I try my best to out-work everybody around me. My goal is to become the person who did out-work everybody, prove the people that doubted me wrong and become an inspiration to other people who think they can't accomplish something because they simply were told they couldn't or were not given a chance.