I have always believed that things happen for a reason, and that philosophy was validated when I found the game of golf. It was destiny that golf and I connected, for I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. Golf is my driving force for many things I do in my life, aside from the competitions I compete in. Golf has taught me the motivation it takes to work hard and to meet my various goals. It is because of golf that I possess amazing grades in school and strive to work hard in everything that I do. It started in the seventh grade when I was forced to sit out of a soccer season due to a minor knee injury. My dad invited me to join him in his golf cart for a round, and as I sat there observing, I became fascinated with the game. I asked my parents to set up my very first lesson, and from there you couldn’t get me away from the golf club. I think to myself everyday what my world would be like without golf, and that isn’t a world I never want to live in.
When I was a freshman, I was honored to be part of a great team that won the State of Maine Runner Up Award. We came together and all our hard work paid off! However, this past season was the most valuable out of the two. I was asked to step up and really be a leader for my team. As a sophomore captain, I always was encouraging my teammates to work hard and have fun, even if we weren’t very good skill wise. This didn’t stop me from continuing to push myself and get better in the summer and throughout the season. I pushed myself to accomplish my goal of placing in the State of Maine Golf Championships and earned the eighth place spot. This season really taught me that no matter the circumstances, there is no excuse for not working hard and not accomplishing your goals. Even though my team didn’t do well this year, it was only further motivation to prove to myself that I could strive for and earn a medal.
Living in a small town in Maine can be tough for golfers who are seriously in love with the game, such as myself. There is a window of time where I am not able to golf due to the snow, but I don’t allow that from to stop me from being the best I can be. I am constantly playing simulator golf and keeping my swing alive throughout the winter months. One thing I will tell you about me, is I have always loved to help people. In school, if kids need extra help with their homework or they don’t understand something, I am always willing to help those who need it. One of my favorite things to do in the winter time is support the unified basketball team at Nokomis, and every year I volunteer at the Special Olympics. This is why I have set my eyes on becoming a physical therapist. The feeling of helping people thoroughly overwhelms me with joy and makes my heart feel complete, so if I can do that in the workplace everyday that would make me truly happy. Being a leader on my team here in Maine has made me realize that golf truly makes me a better person, and I want to continue that in a college setting while I prepare myself for the life I want to live and meet the goals I have for my future.