I began playing volleyball at just seven years old and haven't looked back since. When I was younger I looked up to my bigger sister. She began playing at 10 years old and I followed after her; little did I know that decision would change my life. I've been playing volleyball for about eight years now. Throughout all these years I have learned plenty about myself along with other valuable lessons for my future. One thing I learned that reflects on who I am today is the value of hard work and determination. I learned that with just these two factors I can turn my setbacks into success. I also learned how important a strong mentality is in everything you do whether it is school, sports, or even your daily routine. As far as academics I am very interested in majoring in sports medicine and/or criminology. I would love to go to a school with good programs towards these majors. Not only am I dedicated to my sport but also keeping up with good grades, I make sure to stay balanced between both school and volleyball in order to be successful in the future. After eight years of playing it is safe to say that nothing comes easy, I have failed over and over again but each setback has made me stronger. I believe that through failure comes success and I am grateful to have learned that so early on in my career. One set back I experienced early on was not getting much playing time on the first club team I attended. Although I did feel like a failure, I worked harder than ever to earn time on the court; I went from very limited playing time to becoming a starter amongst all the other girls I was playing with.