I started in track in 7th grade with sprinting and throwing shot and discus. My goal in track is to always be bettering myself and striving for my personal goals. I feel that I would be a good candidate for a collegiate team because I am very coachable, determined, goal oriented, and can be a helpful leader and teammate. Compared to other events, I really identify as a thrower. I like that there is a strong foundation in technique and that there is always something that can be tweaked. I’m detail oriented and notice those small changes. With enough dedication and training, I feel like throwing is something where anyone can continuously improve and that draws me to the throwing events.
In addition to being a thrower, I am a martial artist. I earned my black belt in taekwondo when I was eleven. Working toward my black belt shaped my youth in many ways. Learning with people at all different levels, as well as teaching lower belts of all ages, was my first experience where I was really challenged to improve and push beyond my previous limits. I liked that there were some team aspects of taekwondo in that you train together and support each other, but I also liked how I could set personal goals and push myself to improve at my own rate. My training in martial arts and dance, with their focus on technique and form, have greatly benefitted me as a thrower.
For a collegiate team, I am looking for a coach who will give both constructive criticism and encouragement. I am looking for a team that feels like a family, supporting each other and being a community outside of track as well as on the field. While I’m still deciding on a major, I am interested in studying elementary education. I have found that teaching others is fulfilling, so even if I don’t end up being a teacher, I feel like I would like to pursue coaching of some kind and helping others strive for success.