When I envision my future at a university, I see myself sprinting for my goals as a collegiate track athlete. One of my goals is to be a compelling athlete as I can bring athletic and cultural diversity to the team. I was born in Missouri, whereas my father was born in Philadelphia to Nigerian parents and my mother is from South America.
In 8th grade, I played soccer, but I was urged to join the Rolla Junior High track team after my family and friends saw that I had a potential for sprinting. I was reluctant to join the track team, however, after my very first track practice, I began to love the way that sprinting made me feel. It made me realize that nothing stands in between me and my goals, as long I strive to get there. Each track season has taught me several things. I have learned that I am a positive influence for my teammates and peers, a leader in my relay teams, and that I am always willing to help others on and off of the track. On the bus rides to track meets, I would always encourage my fellow teammates to complete any homework and study for any tests that they may have. Most importantly, track has taught me that failure can be an excellent motivator: without it, you are less likely to be completely dedicated to anything that you put your mind to. This lesson also stays with me in the classroom.
Academically, my goals have almost been reached as I wish to graduate as a valedictorian of my class. In college, I plan to continue those goals as a pre-med student and achieve my goals for track.