There are many things that make me a good candidate for your team. The first thing that comes to mind is perseverance. My Mom has always encouraged me to do my best, and not make excuses for anything that challenges me. I am a focused, student and work hard. I found hockey much later compared to other players. I have always loved the ice! One day when I was 6 years old I saw people skating and I asked my mom what they were doing. She told me, and I asked her if I could go ice skating. The next week she took me skating for the very first time. She put my skates on, gave me a penguin guide with handles to hold on to as I skated around the rink and she watched. After 45 minutes, I let go of the penguin and skated on my own. She did not skate, so every time she called me, I looked at her and kept skating until the Zamboni came out. My mom enrolled me in ice skating lessons, and then I competed. I always placed and did well for my level.
Now that I am a rising junior, I plan to play ice hockey in college and major in something that really speaks to me as a person, such as medical research, nursing, education, or interior design and architecture. Although I am not one who enjoys the "spotlight", I am coachable, talented, a hard worker, and dedicated. I was Miss Teen USA finalist class of 2019, 2020 and soon 2021. I am also part of Top Teens of America. My mom always tells me now that I have found something I love, that I am just starting to scratch the surface of who I am, my abilities, and what I can bring to the game of hockey, or anything I put my mind to. Once I really tap into that, I will be unstoppable. My goal for hockey is to play on a college team and then go professional (yes, I know what you are already thinking, but anything is possible if I work hard).
The fact that I started ice hockey a freshman in high school (now a sophomore), makes me even more passionate about my position and understanding that improving my skill is something that never stops. I have to work harder, focus more. One of the hardest things for me to overcome, is learning that I have a learning disorder. It was not until the end of my freshman year that I looked at my mom and admitted I needed help, but did not know exactly what that help looked like. She was so proud of me for confiding in her, after I thought she would be disappointed. I still do not like to talk about it much, but what I have learned is that you have to speak up for yourself and it is ok to ask for help. I hope to be able to communicate my experience with other players who struggle and want to do more with their natural abilities.