My dream in life is to become a general surgeon. For a large portion of my childhood, I was raised by my grandmother in Ghana. She spent her days caring for my brother and me. She inspired me to become a doctor. On one particular occasion, I remember falling and my chin was badly bruised and cut up. My grandmother nursed me back to health. That was the moment I realized I wanted to be a doctor. My grandmother exhibited compassion, patience, and empathy for those around her. One day I hope to emulate her humility and serve my community through my medical practice.
Since I was a young girl my parents taught me the value of teamwork. My family and I work together to accomplish our family goals. A track team requires the same amount of teamwork. Even though track and field consist of several individualized events, the focus must remain on the team. I believe that a unified team performs better. I am committed to the growth and success of my team. I support my fellow teammates both on and off the field. One of the main ways I support is by constantly trying to improve my times through discipline, determination, and deliberate dauntlessness.
My devotion to my team is embedded in my character. My Ghanian roots have empowered me to stand for what is right. I believe it is important to be an agent of change in my generation. I strive to live a life that makes my parents proud. Honesty and integrity mark the foundation of my achievements.
Without the generosity of people like my teachers and coaches, I would not be in the position I am now. They have taught me that being an athlete I must be a student first. Since my freshman year in high school, I have challenged myself to maintain a rigorous academic schedule. Despite my demanding practice schedule, I have been able to procure a 3.8 GPA. I am currently taking Honors English, Honors US History II, Biology, Pre-calc, and Sociology. These classes will help to prepare me for collegiate excellence.
Being a student-athlete means that I must give 100 percent to both my academic and athletic careers. Although I was not introduced to track and field until my freshman year I instantly fell in love with the sport. My freshman year I came in 6th in the County’s Championship with a time of 1:06 for the 400H and my sophomore year worked hard to be 1st in the County’s Championship with a time of 1:02.21 for the 400H. Now my personal best for the 400H is 1:02.10 which was ran at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Also, my personal best in the 400m is 58.39 for outdoors and indoors is 58.82.
Running track and field for the last two years has made me value health and wellness. I realize that an athlete is only as good as his or her health. My track and field career is ultimately preparing me for the greatest race of my life; the race to be a doctor. Track and field have taught me a plethora about health and I hope to use my experiences to help serve my community as a doctor one race at a time