Throughout my life, I have worked to achieve excellence in swimming, academics, and character. In swimming I have competed at a national level since age 13. I have set various team records throughout my swimming career, and, in the summer of 2016, I won a YMCA National championship in the 200 free (LCM). However, to me these accomplishments are not as important as the lessons swimming has taught me. I have learned that to achieve something you have to work for it with everything you have and you have to want it more than anything else. I have learned that supporting your teammates and helping them to achieve their goals can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. I have learned that you, as a single person, do not matter as much as the team does. In academics, I work to always do my best in every course, even the ones I don't like or the ones that are more difficult for me. I try to challenge myself with the courses I take. As for character, I try to be an encouragement to the people around me. I try to say something kind to everyone, regardless of how they treat me. I am also extremely determined. Once I decide to do something, there is little to nothing that can stop me. In and out of the pool, I aspire to do my best. In the future, for swimming, I would like to swim in the Arena Pro Swim Series as well as swim in college. In academics, I would like to attain a degree in biological science or medicine. I also would like to continue to make people laugh and help them to attain their goals.