I was born in NY but lived for four years (2008-2012) in Sri Lanka because my father works for the UN. I learned a lot there about life and perseverance - there was a civil war going on when I was there, and many suicide bombings, so the years there helped me to put school and sports and other things in perspective. I saw a lot of suffering but also a lot of beauty during those years.
After returning to NY in 2012, I picked up basketball and I am pleased that my game is coming along; I was especially encouraged when, as a freshman, I was named school Female Athlete of the Year both for my grade and the sophomore grade. The award helped me to realize that if I work hard, I can get to a high level. Even though I might have started playing basketball earlier if I had stayed in the US, those years in Sri Lanka gave me perspective and have helped me to put my best efforts forward on important matters.
As a Junior now, I am the team captain of the varsity this year; and this is my third year as a starter. During this past fall I was the captain of the varsity volleyball team as well. I also play for an AAU team so it's a lot to manage with academics. I know the hard work I put into both school and sports now will be worth it in life. I am taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) which involves a heavy course-load but I am doing fine. I have two older brothers who are in college (GW and Hamilton) and they both tell me that the coursework I am doing now at the UN International School, where they also graduated, will prepare me well for college.