I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old, which is no surprise since my Mom is English. I am happiest during soccer season with all the games, practices, and team events. Even though soccer season is the busiest time for me, I find I work best when I have to balance my course work with sport (no time to procrastinate!). I try to keep my foot on the ball year round by playing club, futsal, and camp in the off-season. The only exception to this was spring of my freshman year when I elected to take a compressed version Algebra II on top of Algebra I that semester; to accelerate one year in Math.
Last year, the coach moved me up from JV on to Varsity (one of only two sophomore to do so). Even though I did not get to start as the roster was full of upperclassmen in my position, I was frequently asked to start in JV games that were played before the Varsity games to provide some leadership in mid-field (as directed by my coach). I am often called on to the pitch to take the corner kicks or free kicks for my team. One game I scored an unassisted corner twice (which I have not been able to repeat but I keep trying), the opposing team responded by marking me with 4 players. The most valuable aspect of a team for me is a team where everyone puts the performance of the team above their own individual performance. I find myself more often assisting than taking shots on goal (but my teammates are often encouraging me to "take the shot!"). I find teams that have players that look out for one another more than themselves often have the most fun and have achievements no one thought to be possible. I am hoping to play for such a team and a coach in college that encourages this mindset.
I think of myself as a student-athlete and prioritize my time in that order. I work very hard on my grades so between the challenging academic schedule I set for myself and sports, my time is very limited. Therefore, my community service is mainly limited to volunteer work through the church, I enjoy the mission trips with friends and hope to continue to do more in the future.