When I began playing soccer, I was three years old. At that point, I was only there for the trophies and cookie cake. However, as I grew older, I realized how much I loved the sport. I did not become serious about playing soccer until I met my coach in seventh grade. He was the first coach that truly believed in me and he helped me begin realizing my full potential. He helped me to see how much of a difference soccer made in my life. For the next three years, I struggled to get the keeper training I needed to reach the next level. I took my training into my own hands and I created opportunities for myself. I changed clubs this year and have found great training opportunities, but I also continue to work on my own as I learn more and more about what it takes to be an elite goalkeeper.
While playing soccer, I have learned many important lessons that I am able to apply to other aspects of my life. Being in a position where I needed to train myself, I learned how to be independent while still being part of and leading a team. Soccer has taught me not to give up and to aim for success. Soccer has also taught me how to learn from my mistakes, rather than be defined by them. Although soccer is an enormous part of my life, my academic success is the most important thing to me. I would like to attend a school that will challenge me academically, while allowing me the opportunity to extend my soccer career.