An athlete never knows what sport they will excel in, but yet athletes know that their efforts are meant to be put into play. As an athlete, I have been able to put my best efforts into running. Each year I broke records and had a taste of what it felt like to win along with my fair share of losses. My parents have encouraged me in my running because they see my potential and share my passion. They instilled in me that losses could be lessons, and by learning from lessons, one can become greater than their own expectations.
Initially, I thought that once I made it onto the collegiate level I could just be an athlete. A realization occurred to me that college requires a balance of academics and athletics. There have been many times I have had to focus on one more than the other, but as most athletes do, I favor my sport over the classroom. However, my parents, teachers, and coaches have helped to prepare me for this newfound balance and have taught me how to embrace it as I know that my academics can affect my athletic performance. For example, my dad did not initially finish college because he was on athletic probation. However, I am determined this will not be my story. My goal is to maintain a healthy balance between both aspects, and graduate knowing I did my best. I am hoping this will guide me through college, free of debt, which will give me a jump start in the workforce as a microbiologist. My future relies on my dedication on and off the field.
Ultimately, I believe college will provide me with opportunities to exceed my goals both academically and athletically. I strive to be a part of a college that is student oriented and offers their students a wide range of opportunities. My love for running will keep me motivated to be a great asset to a running program and add to the advancement of the team. The combination of academics, athletic performances, and the personality I possess will help me achieve personal goals in college.