Ever since I was a little girl I knew that I wanted to swim in college. I’m excited about starting that journey and very grateful that you’re taking time to learn more about me. With that in mind, I’ve tried to speak to who I am and what’s important to me so that you can gain perspective on Maeson the person, not just the prospective athlete. Thank you again for your time and I hope this personal statement helps to address some of your questions..
This is me, where I’m from and who I am. I’ve lived in Little Rock, Arkansas my entire life, which is to say that I’m a product of the south. For some a statement like that may come with some preconceived notions, but I’ve been blessed to have two parents that have shaped my character and encouraged me to be accepting and respectful of others and passionate about pursuing my dreams and goals. Beyond that, I love art, music, photography, volunteering, weekends at the lake and my friends tell me that I tend to be spontaneous and goofy. My parents are sticklers when it comes to manners and saying yes sir and yes ma’am has always been mandatory at our house. I also think it's fair to say that I love easy, am loyal to a fault and that I always try and do the right thing.
My family, my heart. My family is everything to me. My parents are two of a kind and met in 3rd grade. My dad works in finance and my mom is an artist. I have a 14-year old brother named Quinn who also swims and who I love and cherish. We're extremely close and rarely have filters with one another. My parents have always called it like it is and held us accountable for what we do and say, which is something I’ve come to value. Our family also includes two rescues (terrier mixes - Lake and Greer) that we adopted... AND A PET FLYING SQUIRREL (Murphy). I know, I know, it’s a bit outside the box, but he’s definitely a part of our lives and travels with us everywhere we go.
Food - I love it! Chicken fingers and the “kids menu” were never an option growing up. Although I watch what I eat I have to confess that I have no boundaries and take no prisoners. Ethnic food speaks to my soul and I embrace it, especially things I haven’t tried before. It may be an odd thing to mention, but I think it speaks to who I am.
The other parts of my childhood that have had a meaningful influence on the person I am today relate to my religion, my schooling and my personal convictions.
1) I am a Christian. My faith has really played a meaning role in shaped my values and the person I am today.
2) I am very fortunate to receive private instruction, which isn’t your average high school education, but it’s provided me with an extraordinary and differentiated education and I love it. The curriculum I follow is administered by four private teachers. When people ask me “What’s that like?” I tell them that I sit on the front row of ALL my classes. It has also given me the opportunity to see, experience and learn about a lot of things (countries, cultures, social issues and aspects of history) that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to if I was enrolled in a traditional high school.
3) I have a strong desire to serve my country and aspire to be more selfless and to embrace sacrifice, which isn’t always an easy thing, but that’s my calling. Although I haven’t nailed down precisely what I’d like to do, I have a sincere interest in pursuing a career in federal law enforcement (agency TBD).
My goals and what I’m looking for in a school and a team. Swimming is something that has always defined me and I have a strong desire to continue to grow as a person and to accomplish more meaningful goals as an athlete. Attending a school and being a part of a program that truly values an education is extremely important to me. I am also looking for a team that supports each other and grows together and a coach that I can communicate and connect with. Finally, I’d like to finish by telling you that I KNOW my best swims are in front of me and where ever I land, my goal is to be a meaningful contributor to the school, coach and team that I swim for...