Ever since I started playing for the Chicago Young Americans as a u12, I knew I wanted to pursue a college hockey career. As I admired all of the older girl's work ethic and determination, I was motivated to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal. As I grew older I knew I wanted to succeed both academically and athletically in life. My love for hockey continues to grow to this day and my dream to play in college does too.
I would have never thought that a sport could teach me important life lessons on and off the ice. As I began to play AAA hockey, I needed to learn to balance school and hockey. Traveling most weekends and missing school for tournaments was difficult at times, but I would not change it for the world. My time management and maturity has prospered through the past years of playing hockey. My will power and strength of character has been admired by my parents, coaches, teachers, and friends. I believe I stand out from others because I don't just love the game, but every small thing that comes with it. For example the rush you get after you get off the ice from a shift or the feeling of finishing a hard workout with the team. Even moments off the ice I adore like waking up at 5 am for the team walk or walking into practice after a long day and seeing your teammates.
Two things that I will always believe is the importance of positivity and attitude. I cherish the moments when I get to see my teammates succeed. I would never want to bring them down and let my attitude overcome me. Not only is positivity and attitude a lesson in hockey, but also a lesson in life. No matter how the game is going or how I am playing that game, I will always have the best attitude I can.
As an elite hockey player, I have been blessed to be able to attend USA Central Districts Player Development Camp for the past 3 years and National Camp in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, for the past 2 years. These camps have given me advice that I use to this day. I am committed to working hard to build up my strength and skill every season so I am able to return the next year even better.
I am determined to become the best player and person I can be. I could not imagine playing any other sport than hockey. Pursuing my goal to play college hockey is a priority of mine and I will do whatever it takes to achieve it.