When I was younger, I was drawn to sports predominantly dominated by boys. I played baseball for about 7 years, and then later on, hockey. Although it was difficult, and I was seen as the odd one out, it has shaped who I am today. Competing on these teams instilled in me character, strength, and conviction. I had to work extra hard to prove myself and excel as a valuable player. I learned to have confidence in myself as an individual and as a player. It taught me drive and to never give up, but to work hard to achieve my goals. I developed great leadership qualities, and learned the values of teamwork and how to work together to achieve the ultimate success. I always persevered to be the best I could, whether it was on the field or on the ice.
I began playing hockey years after other kids started, so I've always been a few years behind. The very first time I stepped on the ice, I was weak, I fell a lot, and I was frustrated. But that didn't stop me- I couldn't wait for the next skate! I fell in love with the sport, and from that point on, I knew I had to work as hard as I could to catch up with the other kids. My dad took me skating all the time, and despite not being on a team, I was on the ice almost every day. The hard work didn't intimidate me; I love a challenge because it excites me to work through it, persevere, and push myself to accomplish my goals. To this day, I'm ready for any obstacle that comes my way, whether it be in the classroom or on the ice. I know I can overcome any hindrance by putting my mind and heart to it. I'm excited for the next chapter, and I can't wait to experience playing college hockey!