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 try to pick up a game each weekend in South Philadelphia 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. I am a strong and skilled play maker and work hard off the ball.
Academically, I am a solid, hard-working student and I want to be a surgeon someday. Part of who I am, as a member of a marginalized community, social justice and activism is important to me. I hope to attend a school where I can excel and have an opportunity to give back to the community.