A lifetime of being a competitive athlete, in two extremely difficult sports, has made me the soccer player I am today. Fourteen years of gymnastics taught me discipline, mental and physical strength, perseverance, and has given me the drive that helps me excel on the soccer field. I have learned how to keep fighting in the face of adversity and that no injury or inconvenience will stop me from achieving my goals. Not only do I want to play soccer at the highest level, but I want to receive a great education and succeed in an academic environment. I want to be an integral part of a college that will push me out of my comfort zone, help me perform as the best athlete and scholar that I can be, and allow me to be actively involved in every aspect of the college community. Throughout my athletic career, I have faced injuries and was often told that the only way to stop the pain was to stop playing the sports that I love. Those statements have sparked my interest in sports and preventative medicine because I want to help young athletes, like myself, with injury prevention without discouraging them from achieving their goals.