I have been playing tennis since I was eight years old. In half my life I have learned many invaluable lessons from playing the very solitary sport of tennis. I have been able to rely on myself in ways that I would not have expected. I can make decisions and think on my feet. From playing singles, I have learned that the biggest competition lies in oneself. From playing doubles, I have learned the team dynamic and all the moving parts that come into play in order to get a desired result. For the past year and half I have had the privilege of living in Florida at a tennis academy. Being away from home, I have learned time management skills, mental toughness, and how to balance a demanding academic and athletic schedule. This training I believe has prepared me for challenges of collegiate sports. Mainly through playing tennis, I have learned how to persevere and and flourish independently, and I now feel equipped for whatever life throws at me.