When I was eight, my friend asked me to join her on the summer league swim team. Swimming was a sport I had not yet tried, so I tried it out. I enjoyed the season so much that I began swimming year round. As time passed, I became more and more successful. I placed third in two events at Age Group State when I was ten, and I knew then that swimming was the sport for me. Since then I have been working hard at improving in all events in hopes of eventually swimming at the college level. I was honored to move up to the Senior group on my club team, Metro Atlanta Aquatic Club, when I was 12, which has allowed me to train my hardest every day. I enjoy setting seasonal goals for myself and logging my progress in a journal. This allows me to stay focused and work my hardest to achieve those goals. I am hopeful that my willingness to work extremely hard, along with my ability to adapt to different coaching styles, will aid me in my quest to swim collegiately.
Although I spend an enormous amount of my time swimming and training, I have not forgotten the importance of academics. I am a conscientious student, managing to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout middle school, and I am looking forward to the chance to pursue a degree that will enable me to be accepted into a program for Physical Therapy. I hope to find a school that will provide me with the opportunity to swim at the highest level possible, while also providing me with the academics that can lead me to become a physical therapist one day.
I realize that swimming is a key part of what helps me stay focused. The discipline of swimming, along with the bonds I form with my teammates, is an important part of my life that I want to continue experiencing in college. I am excited to see where all my hard work will lead me.