Playing hockey at the collegiate level has been a lifelong dream that really developed in my squirt and pee wee years. I work hard and never quit at whatever I do, because I know that hard work and dedication pays off, both in academics and athletics. I lead by example through hard work and focus, both on and off the ice, and I match my high compete level on the ice with a calm and reserved manner. Nevertheless, hockey is a game and should be fun. Coaches and teammates enjoy working with me, as one of my coaches describes below, which was written for an application for a high school math scholarship:
Clara is one to show up to the rink, every time, ready to work hard in either practice or a game. Her motivation to get better and succeed in each repetition or activity speaks volumes of her ability to overcome anything she puts her mind to – she is resilient. During one of our games, Clara had non-stop shots as our goalie. She saw upward to 70 plus shots, but every single shot within the game she fought to stop and continued to work hard until the last buzzer sounded. She has this intrinsic drive and will to push herself to get better. Additionally, her personality brings a sense of inclusion and respect to her teammates, coaches, opponents and officials.