Being on the Varsity team at my high school freshman year boosted my confidence right from the start. However, I didn’t end up playing as much as I had wanted to, but that caused me to push myself harder in practices. I feel that I worked hard freshmen year but even harder sophomore year, resulting as becoming one of the starting defenseman. All throughout off season going into sophomore year, I did everything I could to make myself a stronger and more confident player. My family has had the biggest impact on my career and personality, pushing me to be the best person I can be. I became interested in playing hockey early in my life, starting at age 4. I did learn to skate with my friends and brother, and have stuck with the sport since. From playing hockey, I have learned that if you want something, you can’t wait for it to come to you, you have to work for it. My parents and coaches always tell me, they can’t want it for me. I have to want it myself, and I do.
In high school, my academic goals are mainly focusing on boosting my GPA and doing well on the SAT and ACT. I want to continue to work hard and study even harder. I tend to stay after school for extra help, when I need clarification or to go over material in any class. In college, I want to maintain a healthy balance between having good grades and becoming a strong student athlete. Freshman year was probably my toughest year at the high school, both sports wise and academically. I was the first child in my family to enter the high school, so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I didn’t understand how important it is to work your hardest, beginning freshman year. Although I have been able to place myself back on track, I wish I could have accomplished more freshman year. Some unique skills or characteristics that I possess could be my leadership. Now being a junior on my team, I have begun to improve my leadership characteristics knowing that the underclassmen are looking up to me. As a junior wanting to become a captain next year, I provide support to all of my teammates when they need it. When they don’t understand the drill I help explain it to them and go toward the front of the line to demonstrate.