My coaches call me “Sam” or “Sami.” I have always enjoyed playing sports and have competed in basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse, in addition to soccer. I also participated in a ski race in Utah and got on the medal stand even though I do not spend a lot of time there. I was forced to give up playing competitive lacrosse when I started high school because of the academic requirements of my high school and demands of my ECNL team, the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks.
I am a sophomore at Francis Parker School where I have attended since junior kindergarten. Francis Parker is a small college prep school where the competition is tough. I often spend four to five hours at night studying which I sometimes resent because most members of my club team do not have the same demands at their schools. However, I know this experience forces me to be organized and will better prepare me for college. Francis Parker also offers various academic opportunities not available at other schools such as Mandarin IV and advanced guitar. My grade point average has continued to improve as I current have a 4.0 for the first two trimesters of my sophomore year. I also participate in community service activities at the San Diego Humane Society and other philanthropic organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity, which I expect to continue in the future. I have received the President's award (over 100 hours) for the last two years.
I have played competitive soccer since I started with Albion when I was six years old. My early coaches were very supportive and helped me develop good foot skills. For a couple years, I struggled with confidence because my coaches were not positive with their coaching style. However, since I joined the DMCV Sharks four years ago, I have overcome those negative experiences, started in most games, and believe that I make a significant contribution to the success of the Sharks and Parker varsity teams. I have always been recognized for my understanding of the field of play and ability to deliver the ball to the location where my teammates will have the best opportunity to control the ball and beat opposing players. These skills have resulted in my varsity coaches selecting me to take many corner and penalty kicks for our team.
I am committed to continue playing soccer in college. I believe I would like to go to college in the Southeast or New England. My interest in these locations relates to a desire to live in a part of the United States which has a different climate and culture than Southern California. I would like to find a mid-size college which is big enough to provide a variety of quality academic programs but small enough to have a sense of community. I also want to be able to contribute to my college team in competitive situations. Similar to my choice of soccer teams, I think my final choice of schools will be based upon chemistry with the coaches and my teammates. I have participated in college ID camps in 2018 including the Williams College training and ID camp (6/15 -6/17/2018), the Academic 50 ID camp Norco, CA (7/1 -7-3/18), and the 2018 Elite ID Camp at Wake Forest (7/20 - 7/22/2018). I also participated in the ECNL Showcase tournaments in Phoenix (4/6 -4/8/18) and New Jersey (5/26 -5/28/18). I will be participating in the ECNL Showcase Tournament 11/9 - 11/11/18 and the PDA Showcase Tournament in New Jersey in June of 2019. These camps have resulted in certain college coaches (Division1) contacting my club coach or me directly (Division 111) regarding potential interest in me considering their programs. Hopefully, I will find the right college to continue my education and soccer careers over the next year.