Transitioning from an American swimming perspective to an Australian swimming perspective at the end of 2016 opened my mind to swimming at different levels and locations. I was thrown into a completely new curriculum at such a late stage in my schooling. Building a new foundation for myself in a foreign land taught me patience, determination, and hard work in and out of the pool. In return, this demonstrated my resilient attitude towards adapting to new surroundings, no matter the difficulty. Deciding to advance my swimming in Australia with a new team and no friends was frightening, but not giving up only reflected my pure love for being in the pool. Since the end of 2016, I have worked through a shoulder imbalance with a physiotherapist which completely transformed my body position. From choosing the route home to deciding on which level math class to take, the more difficult option always excites me as I know it will benefit me in the long run. Taking such risks in athletics and schooling taught me to trust the process, and scaring myself with new dreams and ideas every day is my motivation to achieve my greatest goals. There is something about the water which I find different to other sports. When you're underwater, it's just you, your thoughts and the clock.I wish to advance my swimming to a college level and to continue learning more about the sport and my abilities. I look forward to taking new risks and discovering what is open to me!