Until I moved to Hawaii in seventh grade, swimming was just a sport. It was a way to get chubby, younger me to exercise in a way that I enjoyed. I competed, sure- but it was still just a sport.
When I moved, everything changed.
I was thrown into a new school in a new country where I knew no one. In an effort to find myself, I turned to the pool. I swam and swam and it became my life. When my grandmother unexpectedly passed away later that same year, the pool was the only place I could go to not feel and just be. With this sudden increase in training and by ignoring the warning signs, I injured myself and I had six months to reassess where I wanted to go with the sport and to make sure I had the knowledge and personal insight to never let this happen again. Going into ninth grade, I decided I wanted to be good. Really good.
This year, my sophomore year, has been a huge change. With balancing school and swim, I've had to make a few decisions but looking to the future swimming will continue to be a bigger and bigger part of my life. As a top student, I'm interested in studying mathematics and physics; I'm looking for a school with high level academics as well as a high level swim program.
Over the next two years, my goal is to continue my current progression and I'm lucky enough to currently have a coach that can help me do that. I hope to have the same close relationship with my coach in college.