Playing soccer has always been an outlet for me growing up. It has been a constant presence in my life where I could control my successes from making a team to improving my skills. Since I was 5 years old, I have wanted to play at the highest level I could, while still maintaining and participating in high rigor academic classes. I play for the Savannah United 02 NPL premier team as a left/right-winger and a center attacking mid while being right foot dominant though I cross with my left foot. As a winger or a midfielder, I am able to utilize the space on the field by remaining calm and confident on the ball while moving at a fast game pace. In these positions, I am able to adapt and communicate with my teammates quickly and efficiently. During practice, I play the way I would in a game, with determination, and a focused mind. Playing at such a high level enables me to play with tenacity and aggressiveness in which I am able to drive my team forward. A mantra that has been drilled into me growing up by coaches, parents, and fellow players is that you always need to play at 110% like its 0-0 in the 88th minute.
Academic-wise, I have always wanted to go into the healthcare field. As an athlete, it is common to receive injuries and I always found it interesting the way physical therapists were able to essentially rebuild the athlete. Being in such a field of study would allow me to help those around me in a way that I can personally connect with the patient or athlete. In college, I would like to major in exercise physiology/kinesiology, and after receiving my bachelor’s, further my education with a physical therapy degree. I have a deep understanding of healthcare and I enjoy learning other languages such as Spanish and American Sign Language. Though academics are incredibly important, being a good and kind person is what will to improve the world around me.