I have been fortunate enough to play hockey since I was a little girl at the age of 4. As I got older every time my dad would drop me off for a game or practice, right before I got out of the car he would say to me "Be the hardest worker out there". And every time I stepped onto the ice, I thought about what he said and I made him proud by working as hard as I could and pushing myself to be a better player. This quote sticks with me to this day, I think any sport requires 90% effort and 10% talent and if a player doesn't realize that then they are not working hard enough.
Hockey means much more than just a hobby to me, I don't just play to have fun or because I love to play. When I go out on the ice, I know I belong there and I feel at home. I play because there's something about it that just makes me want to do better. Good isn't good enough for me. It is a way for me to just think about the game, and nothing else. To be the best version of myself is what I drive to be.
I also work very hard in school, with a 3.7 GPA and I challenge myself to take advanced classes. I strive my hardest in the classroom because I know academics are more important than hockey. I pride myself on being a great teammate. I love to encourage my teammates to be the best they can be as well. I always do what is best for the team and I know the team always comes first.