Joining my first competitive Cross Country/Track and Field high school team was a game changer. I was exposed to the competitive world of running, and I automatically fell in love. My favorite meets of all time were the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho. Unfortunately I wasn't able to compete in my Freshman year, but Simplot was a fun trip and I love competing in their stadium ever since. Running has taught me to never give up, even when times are tough. When I was competing as a Freshman, I was nervous about advancing to the next level. Luckily I was supported by my friends, family, and coaches who helped me push through all the straining workouts and helped me make connections on and off the field. One of the my biggest obstacles I have learned to overcome would be comparing myself to other runners. When I compare myself to other runners, I become distracted from the race and from focusing on my personal objectives. I now try to focus on the event, focus on my goals, and visualize myself doing my very best.
Now, I am getting ready to start my junior year of High school. I have been training all summer for the upcoming Cross Country season. I'm not trying to push really hard, but simply get back in the habit of trail running, interval training, and pick up runs. Since the ACT/SAT is drawing near, I have been taking multiple practice tests to be familiar with them. I am striving for a 27 on the ACT. In college, my top goal is to finish with a graduates degree in Clinical Psychology. I hope to make a ton of connections, wherever I go, and can't wait for this upcoming season to kick-start.