I began playing sports sometime early in elementary school. My mother always encouraged me to do something extracurricular, try new things, and have fun doing it! I've always been very competitive, had a drive to learn new skills, and constantly try to better myself. I didn't start paying attention to professional athletes until I was in middle school. The people who influenced who I am today were my teammates and my opponents. I would watch other athletes my age and push myself to either be like them or better than them. I also grew from the constructive criticism I received from my coaches, opposing team coaches, trainers, and my mother.
While playing recreational basketball, I would make the All Star team every year. I always was approached by coaches, not only my own, but also by opposing team coaches after games and they would tell me that I have great ball handling skills, good driving ability, and a great outside shot. Coaches tend to appreciate the fact that I take criticism well and want to learn. I've been told that I'm very coachable. In 7th grade I made the varsity high school team! At that same time I met difficult obstacles that I had to grow and strengthen from. I had to become bigger, stronger, and more aggressive over the years. So I had to make decisions to take myself back to playing JV and middle school basketball so that I could get more playing time and grow as a leader on the team.
My goal in life is to make it into a good college, using sports as a way to support my admissions. I want to go into the medical field and take care of the health of people. I would love to continue with sports throughout life because it keeps me healthy and I absolutely love doing it!