When I was 10, one of my friends convinced me to join her recreational soccer team. At first, I was skeptical about how well I would take to the sport, but after one spring season I was hooked. In the beginning, I only played goalkeeper because no one else wanted to, but soon I learned that I really loved the position and the sport. Because of my late start in soccer, I realized I had a long way to go to catch up to the people my age, so I started working hard. I worked with my dad and at soccer camps to develop and improve my skills. In doing this, I learned that when it comes to things that I love, I will stop at nothing to get better.
This past high school season, I was fortunate enough to make my high school's varsity team, and eventually become the starting Goalkeeper as a sophomore. This current season, I was given the honor of being elected one of the captains of the team as a junior. This team, and my experiences of being a player and a captain of this team, taught me many things, but the thing that sticks in my head is that if you appreciate and care for each other enough - if you play for not just yourself, but each other - you can achieve anything. This team taught me the value of teamwork and working for each other, and I have become a much better player because of this.
I am hoping to make a school that has both a good athletic and academic program. I believe that with my talent, perseverance, leadership, work ethic, and attitude, I will make a great addition to your program. As a person who strives to be a good role model and a leader on my teams, I am also just as committed to my schooling. These are the qualities that I would bring to your program.