I started playing golf at the age of 13 with no prior knowledge of the sport. The first tournament I played was on Sept 24, 2017 at Riverplace Country Club, with only about four to five months of competitive practice. I shot a 129, and the girl I was paired with shot even par. As much as I felt discouraged by the experience, it also fueled my desire to get better. At the same course on Oct 28, 2018, I shot 101, yet I was still very unhappy with myself. When I came back to Riverplace in 2020, I shot a 75. I believe that this story portrays the resolve I have to get better and persevere.
This summer I found a big weakness of mine: short game. So I took it upon myself to turn it into a strength. In September I improved my percentage of making up and downs by 20 percent.
In college, I plan to continue playing golf to the best of my ability and major in architecture. I'm also interested in psychology and how people react to different atmospheres. This feeds into my interest in architecture and interior design. I've always been intrigued by the way different interiors make an impact on a person's feelings or mood. One example that I thought was interesting was when my cousins went to Singapore. They felt the need to stay there for longer because it was so peaceful, and my aunt said it felt like it took the stress of traveling away from her. In the future, I hope to make an impact like that on people.