Being a boarding student for nine months out of the year has helped me understand the importance of being organized, motivated, and punctual. My parents aren't around to make sure that I'm always on task which will definitely prepare me for college life.
I'm a dynamic and very coachable player. This is proven by my willingness to play where ever and whenever needed on the field. Over the years, including my freshman year in high school, I have literally played every position. I demonstrate leadership on the field by being at practice early (on time) and finding opportunities to get team members involved in plays during our games.
As a captain for my high school varsity lacrosse team, I helped motivate my team members by communicating clearly and serving as an example. Off the field, I prioritize doing things that I have to do over doing things that I want to do. For example, I put my studies, training, and rest before other fun activities. I also serve as the diversity champion for the class of 2019 at Baylor which provides the opportunity for me to represent our school during national conferences. As a result, I am able to share key learnings and concepts with our campus community to help increase diversity awareness. This helps keep me grounded and well rounded, which is important to me. In addition to the National Junior Honor Society, I a member of the (academic) Honors Program at Baylor School. While in middle school, I served as the president of our Student Government Association and will continue to serve in leadership roles throughout high school.
Being healthy is critical as a student-athlete. It is important for me to sleep well, eat balanced meals, and workout often. It's a work in progress but I focus on each of these daily. Using my athleticism to help create offense from the defensive end is a key part of my game. Being physically fit and mentally prepared helps me to execute more effectively.
One of the ways I get involved in my community is by serving as a mentor and coach for the 1sTouch Youth Development Program in Charlotte. It's important to me because I am able to teach others how to play the sport that I enjoy while helping them develop good character. Volunteering as a tutor, school ambassador, and lacrosse coach for people with various disabilities are also ways that I give back to my community. Most recently, I served as one of two high school representatives on the Nation United Women's Lacrosse exploratory committee. Our goal was to help Nation United Lacrosse design a plan for introducing and maintaining a successful women's program similar to their existing men's teams. The mission of the organization is to use elite level lacrosse to inspire more diversity in the sport and beyond.