My family has had the biggest influence in my life and on who I have become as a person. My mom has taught me the importance of staying true to yourself and to keep my word. My dad has taught me how to work hard for everything I have because he himself did the same when he was younger. My sister has taught me the value of patience. My grandmother has showed me that kindness and generosity can go farther than an infinite amount of harsh words. My grandfather has taught me how important it is to be humble.
However, my former gym teacher and now track and field coach has led me to my passion. He saw me run everyday in gym class and would continuously pester me to join track. Eventually, I gave in and decided to quit my eighth year of softball to join track. This was one of the best decisions I have made in my life so far. I improved rapidly and in just one year broke the school record for long jump and the district meet record for the 200 meter dash. I also befriended my entire track team and became part of a family that I never had the experience with in softball. The most important part of track was learning to respect other competitors while always striving to best myself. There were no harsh words among different teams and I learned to congratulate anyone when they did well, no matter what color their jersey was. Despite this, I was always there to compete and always there to win. There was no “good enough.” There was no slacking off for a day. I needed to work my hardest to be able to walk out of practice.
Not only do I feel this way about track but also about school. My goal is to take the hardest classes offered at my high school to prepare myself for the hard work that college will bring. In college, my main goal is to learn as much as possible to ensure that I will be able to bring the best of my abilities to others through my career.
Though I do participate in extracurricular activities in school, my most unique pastime is CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. CrossFit is like a gym but everyone comes together and does the same workout throughout the day. We do a mix of cardio, strength, agility, balance, endurance, and flexibility that helps with all sports. There is an exciting atmosphere to CrossFit when everyone cheers each other on and everyone is working towards the same goal: to finish the workout. The intense and grueling work that I do at CrossFit can give me an advantage. I already know what it is like to push myself beyond my limits and my strength comes with my mental toughness that I have earned. Olympic Weightlifting contains two movements; the clean and jerk makes up the first and the snatch is the second. Both of these movements are very technically difficult and require perfect form to be able to lift heavy weight. This has taught me the discipline of doing movements to the best of my ability. If I do not do my best, I’m only cheating myself. I have learned that I cannot get what I want the very first time I try. There are many mistakes and there might be a lot that needs fixing. I know that I can never give up and keep trying, even if it takes a thousand missed lifts to the one lift that I accomplish. It is not the amount of times you try but the one achievement that actually matters. That is how many things are in life. Not everything comes quickly. I have experienced failure time and time again, but that just makes my accomplishments taste so much sweeter.
I believe my hard work ethic and dedication to my teammates will be a great asset to your team. I know my passion for track and field as well as my willingness to achieve the best education I can will make me a great fit in your program.
Sincerely, Robin LeFevere