A lot of my life is centered around working hard for good grades and to be a good player on the field and on the track. I have worked extremely hard to reach various accomplishments like winning a CIF championship, getting into the State Finals, or being on the relay team that brought the track League Championship back home. And while these wins have been a great reward, the lessons learned along the way are what I believe are the true prize of athletics. I have learned how to push through unbelievable amounts of pain, to keep going, because each part of the whole needs to show up and do their personal best in order for the team to have a shot at winning. I have learned how to push through the naysayers and negative voices who, from a young age, told me I was too slow, not good enough, or too stupid to play competitive soccer. Being a student athlete has taught me how to manage my time and how to find a balance of work and play. In short, sports have taught me invaluable life lessons and fashioned me into a mentally and physically tough person.
I think sports have taught me to think of the whole rather than just of myself...to see myself as part of family, a team, a community...and to connect with others and lead by example. I cheer on teammates when I see their belief and energy waning and give direction to clear up confusion on the pitch. I am a loyal friend with a big heart. I readily offer help when I see someone in need and take extra time to talk to others so they know they are loved and wanted. I enjoy making others laugh to add some levity to the situation because a sense of humor can help you get through most things a little easier. I work to create change even though the ways I make a difference may only touch one person. Overall, I am someone with a big emotional capacity who loves to help others and who works hard to be a positive force in the world.