I started playing volleyball when I was young as an attempt to follow in my mom's footsteps of being a collegiate-level volleyball player. However, after my first season, it became so much more to me than just a sport or a way to be like my mom. It brings out a type of passion and fire inside of me, along with a completely distinctive type of unity between my team and I, that I only experience on the court. To be able to continue to experience that is a primary reason in wanting to further my athletic career in college. I have found myself through the sport and have come to recognize the importance of communication, understanding, patience, and dedication. Being able to apply those skills not only with volleyball, but to inject them into my everyday life and use them as a foundation to set myself up for a successful future is something that is very important to me. It hasn't been easy for me to secure a starting position every season or to effortlessly make the highest-level playing team because of my height disadvantage as an offensive player. In spite of that obstacle, something that I feel sets me apart from other athletes is my appreciation and dedication to the hustle, and being devoted to putting in all of the extra work that it has taken me to be able to contribute to my team being on the podium at nationals in these two previous years (winning the National Championship 2 years ago), and to have made the top team at my club every single season.