When I was thirteen, my coach sent our team a link to a motivational speech; and I could never have imagined the impact that just a five-minute video would have on the rest of my life. In the video, the man said that if you want to be the best that you can be, you could never settle with average - you have to keep pushing yourself. Now, I listen to this video before every game and apply it to every aspect of my life. On the field or in the classroom, I am the person out there always giving it my all. I am determined, hardworking, and driven.
Academically, I work just as hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA as I do to improve my ball skills. School has always been extremely important to me. I work hard, not just to get an “A,” but to get the most out of my education and opportunities. Over the years, there have been many people who have not understood that. They have asked me why I try so hard; and to be completely honest, I don’t even know. That is just who I am. I am the girl who gets the same pair of cheep cleats from her local soccer shop over and over because that’s what I like. I am the girl who makes my brother ride his bike with me while I run. I am the girl who tore up her soccer ball from practicing on concrete (oops) and now have a bright green ball that my teammates refer to as Mike Wazowski. Sometimes, I meet people who know the color of my soccer ball before they know my name; but hey, at least I am memorable.
I believe that impossible is just an opinion. I live by this phrase in every aspect of my life - on the field or in the classroom. My philosophy is that if you want something bad enough, it is your responsibility to get yourself there. To be the best you can be, you have to work the hardest you can work. I work hard because that’s who I am, not because that’s what other people think I’m supposed to do. I never settle for just being average and look forward to what soccer has in store for my future.