As a child growing up I loved to compete in several contact sports such as soccer. However, I quickly found that my petite size prevented me from competing at a high level in contact sports. It was disappointing but I figured I could leverage my speed from soccer on the track. As a freshman I walked onto the track team without knowing anyone. I wanted to be a sprinter since that is what I did in middle school, but my coach quickly told me I was built for distance. This started my passion for distance track races and cross country. In my second year competing, I was the only sophomore to be included on the varsity squad during track, and in the Mt. Sac relay.
I developed a personality that helped me persevere and emphasize my strengths. This has been a blessing in disguise whenever I need to “dig deep” in tough competitions, or finish challenging school assignments. I have also been very fortunate to grow up with parents that provide me with a lot of support but also taught me that everything must be earned. I have always pushed to do my best as a camp counselor for young kids, in sports, in academics or simply doing chores around the house.
As one of the veteran athletes on our cross country and track teams, I have found a group where I can truly be myself and take pride in helping out younger athletes. Being a team captain, I have learned how to be a leader and a good example for the underclassmen. As I look toward college, I want to go to a school where I can focus my studies on helping others.