Not all weeks are the same, however if I tell you a bit about my last week, I tell you volumes about myself. My weekends are almost always on a soccer field alternating between my ECNL team and my local Florida state cup team. However, this Saturday I found myself at the local college’s basketball court competing in the Monaco Mousetrap Car Grand Prix. Where my dragster style mousetrap powered car managed to win 1st place in Acceleration and 2nd place in Endurance. Things were back to normal on Sunday when I stepped on the field for my ECNL team, where I am loving the challenge and speed of playing at this high level. I can see my learning and growing as a player each game; this week I was further fueled by my ECNL’s coach’s comment that my play “was near perfection.” Monday is technically an “off day”, however I have filled these types of days with Speed/Agility/Strength Training. Something that is encouraged in order to reach my goals but became even more of a necessity as I worked back from a crazy, accidental injury. Last year, I was the unlucky recipient of a hurricane related injury (who can say that)…even crazier is that it occurred days before as my family was boarding up for Hurricane Irma. All the steel hurricane shutters fell on top of me, breaking my leg just above the ankle. So, last year my weekly soccer practices were replaced by physical therapy, juggling while sitting down, and dribbling with the “good” leg while on a knee scooter. I thought my soccer dreams where crushed along with my body as I had to miss a season of games, US National Training Center invites, and school and ODP tryouts. Last year tested my perseverance, hard work, pain level and determination in order to get back on the soccer field. There were no “off-days”. Rebounding from this injury has made me stronger and more determined than ever to compete at the highest level possible both now and in college. But, that was last year, so this week I had my weekly soccer practices, daily school, and Friday’s speed and agility workout. A workout that was pretty light, not because I don’t know how to push myself, but because this weekend I am happily back on the field trying to help my local team advance in Florida’s State Cup.
I am a dedicated student to both my grades and the game of soccer. I love the developing strategy and the creativity and combined effort that works to execute it. I hope that the combined efforts of academic success, teamwork developed on a soccer field, and knowing how to overcome hurdles will prepare me for a career in Cyber Defense in the NSA (National Security Administration). I look forward to finding a college that matches both my career and soccer goals and hope to show my dedication, skill and intelligence on and off the field.