It is a personal goal of mine to always keep improving, it is a key aspect in what drives me as an athlete because I believe that everyone can improve. You can always come back stronger, finish your shots better, get a higher grade, be involved more. This ideology is what drives me to practice, study, and be a better person overall.
One example of how I've applied improvement to my playing was due to an injury this current club season. During a preseason tournament, while going up for a header, I was knocked in the cheek by a player of the other team and ended up fracturing my orbital socket. For some time after I was timid to go up for challenges for fear of totally shattering my cheek. During that time, my playing began to decline and my team suffered losses due to me being afraid of being physical. After a particularly hard match I was frustrated with myself and decided something needed to change, so I started tackling again. I changed my form and my stances to where instead of having to defend the blow, I was now the one giving it. In doing so, my tackling became stronger and I became more confident and around the middle of the season, I was back up going for headers.
Playing on the Junior Varsity team for a highly competitive high school soccer team has helped to train me in different areas as an athlete. I have become more solid in my position as a defender this high school season and more confident on and off the ball, whether it's by communicating with my teammates or by making runs when the opportunity arises. Up until two years ago, I played as a forward/midfielder, coming into my 2015 club season I was placed on defense by my coach to fill in missing spots due to injuries. From then on, my coaches have played me as a center back, and I when I look at my progress and accomplishments in those 2 years I want nothing more than to keep improving and playing at higher levels.
In academics, I maintain at or above a 3.85 average each semester, mainly due to the standard I value my studies. For me, academics come first and are a big part of my values. I have never been ineligible to play a game or participate in practices, and I will tutor my teammates in subjects if needed so they can play as well. In my junior and senior year, I will be taking 3 AP classes each (in the courses of English, Math, and Science) as well as participating in athletics. I believe this set-up will help me prepare for what college workloads will be and help with time management.