Play every game like it's your last. A few years ago, I really came to understand what that means and how to apply it to my game.
You see, a couple years ago I was diagnosed with osteocondroma in the growth plate of my right ankle. (Which is basically medical talk for a bone bruise on my ankle bone.) This injury kept me sidelined from soccer for 18 months. And let me tell you, that was devastating.
Although it was hard, there were many good things that came from that injury. I gained a new perspective on what being a good teammate and what playing with your whole heart looks like. I also learned that I'm a student before an athlete, so my studies will always come first.
Since then I've never taken soccer for granted again. I was more dedicated than ever and I wanted to be the hardest working player on the field. (And I still strive to do those things.)
I'm looking for a program that will be a good fit for me athletically, but more importantly academically. I believe that I not only have the talent to compete for a college team, but the work ethic and character to make a positive impact on your program.