Soccer has been a big part of me, my whole life. I started playing peewees when I was 3. My mom played, my dad played, all my uncles play, and we even taught my little brother to walk by kicking a soccer ball. Every Sunday my big crazy Mexican family spends the day on the soccer fields, and eating. I played most of my early years as the only girl on the Latino boys’ team, with boys a couple years older than me. I always had to be stronger, faster, and especially smarter on the field to keep up with the older boys. I still pick up games on weekends in Philly, Camden, or other Latin Leagues with my guys, to teach them a few things! They used to try to keep me on defense, so when I started playing travel soccer with club teams, I was a tough center back. Eventually I tried my skills at striker, and have been told my nose for the net is exceptional. I love playing striker, but also wherever my team needs me. Sometimes I'll play attacking mid, holding mid, but in small sided games like futsal or other 5v5, I defend. I am a strong and skilled play maker and work hard off the ball. When I tore my ACL I knew I would be back on the field, but it has taken alot of work. I was able to return to play in January 2022, and have been working hard to come back stronger and better and keep from getting injured.
Academically, I am a solid, hard-working student (3.81 gpa) and I am possibly interested in health sciences, possibly a travel nurse. I want to travel, and am bilingual, and I know we need nurses, but I am still figuring it out. Part of who I am, as a member of a marginalized community, social justice and activism is important to me. Last year our city pools weren't going to open because there was a lifeguard shortage, so I became a certified lifeguard and worked at a pool in south Philly. In the fall, some kids weren't able to play soccer games because there was a ref shortage. So now I became a grassroots referree. I want kids like me to have the same chances I have had, and want to help give them opportunities. I hope to attend a school where I can excel and have an opportunity to give back to the community.
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