Growing up as a two-sport athlete has defined a lot of who I am today. Beginning at the age of six, I participated in two competitive sports, soccer and gymnastics. By the time I was 8 years old I was competing at the national level in both sports. Success in my sports did not come without sacrifice, though. I grew accustomed to late nights of homework and my teammates became my norm as I routinely gave up social events in order to be at practices, games, tournaments and competitions. But, if I could replay my life so far, I would not change a thing. Largely because of my athletic background, I am a disciplined, focused and confident individual. I know what it means to train hard in an individual sport, where you have to constantly become better than your previous self and endure the pressure of performing in front of judges and spectators. And, I also know what it means to be a teammate and work with a group of athletes for a common goal of individual and team success.
A few years ago I gave up gymnastics in order to focus on soccer and school. That proved to be a good decision because now I attend Lane Tech, a selective enrollment college prep high school where I am taking honors and AP classes. I have also played soccer at the varsity level since freshman year, helping my team win two City Championship titles. Winning these championships with my teammates has definitely been the highlight of my high school soccer career so far. However, I feel I grew more as an athlete from our loss at the regional finals this year, when our team was expected to win. Now I want to work even harder for next season's state playoffs and help lead my team to the regional title. This year I also excelled in ODP, having the opportunity to play competitively in Barcelona, Spain and receiving an invite to the regional camp in Saginaw, Michigan for the second year in a row.
I am open to many college options, but I hope to attend a large university where I will get a good education and be able to make an impact on a strong soccer team. I am interested in a number of different fields, such as environmental science, health science, and kinesiology, but ultimately I would love to pursue a Masters Degree in Architecture. My goals for the remainder of high school are to maintain my high GPA, continue to develop as a soccer player, and to find the university that is the best fit for me both academically and athletically.