My collegiate goals and aspirations are to become a growing and productive member of a collegiate track team as a pole vaulter while I earn my degree in college. I don’t just want to be a team member or a college student, I want to thrive and grow emotionally, physically and academically. I understand the goals and aspirations I have set for myself are lofty, but I am committed to the challenge. I have learned that hard work and obstacles can become motivators in disguise. Ironically, the obstacles in my life have shaped my character, grounded my integrity and have resulted in maturity and responsibility.
At a very young age I became involved in sports and excelled at gymnastics becoming a state champion on multiple events throughout the 8 years I competed. Ever since I can remember, my dream was to become a Division I collegiate gymnast! That was until I started growing taller and taller. As a 13 year old at 5’7” and towering over all the tiny gymnasts, I had to walk away from the sport as I grew right out of that dream and into the world of pole vaulting. I found that my height complimented the sport and my years as a gymnast gave me the strength and agility to be a competitive pole vaulter. I chose to use my height as an advantage instead of an obstacle or an excuse to give up on my dreams. Now as a 5’9” Junior in high school pole vaulter, I have opportunities that gymnastics could never offer.
I have always been an ambitious, creative, goal-oriented person with an extraordinary high work ethic. These qualities have been instilled in me at a young age by my parents (two of my most influential role models), teachers, coaches and church leaders. Possessing these qualities and having so many trusted role models in my life, gives my life direction, purpose and vision for the future.
My parents have instilled in me the importance of education and I have made academics my top priority even though I enjoy the experiences of competing in sports and participating in extracurricular activities. I have learned to balance my life, school, sports and extracurriculars while maintaining a GPA of 3.3 or higher throughout my high school career. I have been active in leadership, track and field (pole vault), cheerleading, youth group and mission trips to Mexico. All of these have taught me teamwork and how to work with people for the purpose of reaching goals. I have learned the importance of responsibility, cooperation and tolerance.
One thing that sets me apart from my peers is that I've been raised by a mother who has a terminal disease that has left her disabled. Although it was a difficult adjustment and continues to be challenging sometimes, it is an ongoing lesson about life, resilience, cooperation and putting others before myself. Despite all my mother's hardships, she always has a positive attitude. I've heard her say many times, “I always look at what I CAN do, not what I can't.” I think that is a really good way to look at every situation and that has become one of my greatest motivations behind everything I do.