When I was little my parents put me in park league basketball. I loved being with my friends and teammates. So when I was old enough to play school ball, I decided to play. I soon realized that the intensity of the practice and skill levels were really different. At first I was really overwhelmed, but my teammates were really encouraging, and the friendships that I built kept me coming back. It made me better understand as an older player how the newer players felt and made me want to be the same encouraging friend. Being a good friend really carried over into the type of teammate I am today. I want the best for my teammates, over what is best for me personally. I care about how they feel so I try to lead by lifting their spirits when they are down. I may not be the highest scorer in every game, but I am ok with that because I know I am assisting everyone on the floor to find the best shot for the team. My job isn’t just to be the shooter. It is to make sure that everyone on the team has the support to reach their full ability for the win.
School is very important to me because I know I can’t reach my goals of working with children in a medical setting without it. I remember in 5th grade I failed a vocabulary test. It was the first time I felt failure. I hated the way it made me feel, and I knew I would never want to feel that way again. So, I make sure that I study and work hard in all my classes. Even if I have a late night basketball game, my mom and dad say- “school first.” This has made me become a very organized person because I have to be able to juggle a lot of things the right way to be successful and not “kill myself” in the process. In high school rank doesn’t matter to me so much as being part of a group of other academic achievers. I want to be part of the group of people that earn high honors, be part of National Honor Society and work hard in their classes but don’t bury themselves in so much stress that they can’t have fun through their high school experience.
Academics are very important but to be a well-rounded person, I want to be involved in Student Council because it will teach me how to organize activities and is a way for me to give back to my school in many ways. I also want to join the yearbook because I like taking pictures, being around people, attending activities, and capturing memories. I also play the clarinet, so I am looking forward to continuing band in my high school years. I love listening to music, and through band, I can play these songs I like and of course I like to perform.
Interestingly I have always been a performer. People are always surprised that I was a Competitive cheerleader: and yes I can still tumble. It is something I have been thinking about more lately. I would like to apply to teach teddy tumble bear at our local gym when I am old enough. I also used to be in a lot of pageants. People see me today in my headband, socks, and crocs and wouldn’t even guess. But I guess that’s what makes me...me. I like to shake it up and am always ready for a new experience!