I only discovered competitive swimming about 5 years ago, but I have loved being in the water since I was a baby. Even though I started swimming later than most, I have yet to meet anyone who loves the water as much as I do. Swimming is such a big part of my life and I know that will never change.
I have been lucky enough to be able to travel around the country, as well as to countries outside of the United Sates. I even spent a year living in Nigeria when I was 12. There, I realized how many everyday things that I had taken for granted; such as electricity, food and personal safety. I was also surprised to learn how few people could actually swim, although they were surrounded by water. There were very few coaches or facilities to train at, and it made me realize how great the opportunities were back home, and how much I really wanted to swim.
Swimming has taught me the value of setting high goals, and that consistent hard work - giving your absolute best, every single day - is the only way to achieve them.
My goal is to obtain a world-class degree in engineering and to swim in college for a top-notch team, and be the best student, the best swimmer, and the best person I can be.