I have loved sports for as long as I can remember. I started figure skating when I was three years old and at the age of five switched to gymnastics. The next ten years as a competitive gymnast were intense, and they helped shape me as an athlete and individual. For many years, I practiced 20 hours a week and was, for my age division, state champion on floor two years running. Towards the end of middle school, gymnastics became more difficult as I grew taller. As high school approached, I realized I wanted to try other sports.
In the fall of my freshman year, I played varsity volleyball and then decided to try out for track to stay in shape. It was the best decision I ever made. The speed and power and discipline I had developed in gymnastics translated easily to track: especially to sprints, hurdles, and jumps. By the end of my freshman year, I had broken many school records and competed at both indoor and outdoor New Balance Nationals in multiple events.
That freshman year our track team had a strong senior class. I loved having teammates who pushed me and gave me the opportunity to compete even at practice. This past year, my high school track program was not as strong and I missed the competition. I think about this as I consider my college career. I don’t want to be a big fish in a little pond; I want a program that pushes me to be the best I can be. I am looking for a great track program where I can use my depth as an athlete to compete in the multis.
When I think about my college track career, I also think about my academic career. For the same reason that I am looking for a strong track program, I am also looking for a college with strong academics. I want to be challenged. After all, academic accomplishment is what will shape my life after track and after college.