I first started playing basketball at the age of 5. My mother wanted me to wait until I was older, but I persisted and have honestly been in love with the game ever since. I will never be able to completely sum up what basketball has done for my life, but I can define some unique characteristics it as developed in me through the years.
I have found the importance in leadership through being a positive teammate. I find joy in seeing others succeed and as a point guard this fits my personality well. I have discovered the need to work hard and strive for success in all areas of my life, not just athletics but also academics and relationships. I have learned the art of adaptability, becoming whatever my team needs me to be. My first three years of high school basketball, I was called on to be the defensive leader. I was tasked with guarding the best players of each team we played against which ultimately lead to the defense MVP title. During my senior year, my role again changed and I was asked to be the leader offensively. Again through countless hours in the gym shooting I was able to become the district MVP as our team advanced all the way to the regional semi-finals.
I have also found the significance in overcoming obstacles. I have had to push through mental challenges such as self-doubt, physical challenges such as being 5’4”, and geographical challenges such as moving to a new school my freshman year. These obstacles however have been a springboard for growth and development. Moving to a new school at the beginning of my freshman year was not only one of the most challenging moments but also one of the most influential moments that have defined who I am today. I went from being an established, well known sports athlete; to someone who was completely unknown. I am thankful for this experience though, because through this challenging stage I was able to learn, refine and grow who I was as both a person and an athlete. I learned how to be determined, focused, and to always maintain a never give up attitude. I learned that great things in life usually have to be earned with hard work and countless hours behind the scenes. I learned that when I fully devote myself to achieving goals, I can accomplish great things.
Finally, because of the impact basketball has had on my life, I want to continue to play at the collegiate level and eventually go on to being a coach where I can pass on the lessons I have learned and to be able to give back to the sport that has given me so much.