When it comes to college, my goals are pretty straightforward: play hockey, graduate with honors, make lifelong friends and have fun. I know those are big dreams but I'm a very driven, determined girl and I know I can do it. Two years ago I told my parents I wanted to transfer to the hardest school in Minnesota because I wasn't being challenged enough in my public school. I chose The Visitation School because it’s the most challenging academic school in the Twin Cities and I knew they would push me to be my best. Yes, it’s a lot of work but I absolutely love school and the challenge it brings me everyday. All the hard work paid off this past spring when I found out I placed #1 in the state of MN and #4 in the country in the National French exam and contest. I'm very proud of that accomplishment.
My hockey story is similar. Two summers ago I worked my butt off improving my game in summer league, camps, and at-home drills and, as a result, earned a spot on our Edina U12 A Team. Edina hockey is the most successful youth and high school hockey program in the United States. Earning a spot on an Edina A-Team is definitely no small feat and I was very proud of it. I tried out as a defenseman, but I made the team as a center. I even scored our only goal in the state championship game. Very cool!
This year, I made the Edina U15 A team but chose to play with my high school team - St. Paul United. Everyone told me to play for Edina but I wanted to play against older high school players and play with my future teammates. I love it! I play all positions - center, wing, defense. It has been awesome!!! I was a little nervous at first, but I'm learning and playing a ton and becoming a better hockey player for it. My coaches tell me I'm an easy player to have on the team because I don't like drama, listen to what they say, do what they ask, and always work my butt off in practice and games. I want to be pushed to be my best and want teammates that take practice and seriously. I really like to win.
I also love to have fun. When I’m not playing hockey and/or soccer l spend time reading, playing tennis, and hanging out with friends. I’m looking forward to my high school and college journey and know that if I keep focusing on my big dreams, they will absolutely come true.