Lacrosse has served as an outlet and a sanctuary for me for six years now. The field is where I go to compete with my team –my family– and feel strong. I turned to lacrosse in the midst of my battle with an anxiety disorder after running cross country was becoming too difficult, and while I still struggle sometimes, lacrosse has become what makes me feel the most at ease. Lacrosse to me is not a way to stay in shape or meet new people; it's given me the pride that comes with proving yourself just how much you're capable of. It has helped mold me into someone who embraces criticism and learns from it, someone who will leave it all on the field every single game. This passion and drive has opened up opportunities like all-star games two years in a row and a starting spot at midfield on every team I've ever played for.
As I move closer to senior year, I am becoming more and more excited about finding a school who's lacrosse field I can sprint down, giving everything I have for the name on the front of my jersey. I aspire to attend a school that will allow me to continue to study psychology and set me on track to become a psychiatrist, as well as publish books about my studies that may help someone who has faced the anxiety that I continue to work diligently to conquer.