I began playing travel volleyball at 10 years old and fell in love with the sport immediately. My first year in travel taught me how to overcome adversity in several ways. First, the team I was on was not competitive at all and we lost a lot. I learned that to be competitive I had to do more than anyone else was doing, and developed a passion, work ethic and ability to come from behind. I went to regular practices and tournaments, but also started doing conditioning and privates in my off time. Every year I got better and my team got better. I have gone from not starting and being an average player to starting every game and being a top scorer. I am still on the same team and we have gone from losing to finishing 4th in the state of Florida last year and finishing 5th in gold at Nationals this year. I know what it takes to be an extremely completive player on an extremely competitive team and these experiences have allowed me to thrive on adversity. I will always do whatever it takes to be a top player. This lesson carries over into games. I have learned time and time again the importance of mental toughness and in high pressure situations I am at my best. I have been told that this makes me a leader among my teammates.
Much like volleyball, I have had to work hard academically to achieve success. I spent months preparing for the tryouts for Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a Magnet Art School in West Palm Beach, and was recently accepted into the Communications Arts program with top scores. I plan to pursue a career in some form of Journalism and/or Digital Arts. I love to write and make short films in my downtime and have already had some of my writing published.