The second I was introduced to volleyball, I fell in love with the sport. I tried out for my 7th-grade team, never playing before and unfortunately, I was not selected. At that time neither my parents nor I knew about club-level sports but soon learned what we need to do for me to achieve my goal. I was disappointed but not defeated and I knew that I had some catching up to do, and hard work ahead of me. Through lessons, personal practice, conditioning and playing at the club level. I very quickly became a player of interest due to my natural athleticism, work ethic, and attitude. Although, I prefer to play as an outside hitter due to my speed and jumping ability I often transition to the right side and middle. I am thankful for the opportunities and skills I have that allow me to be a versatile player who is able to help the team in whatever role I am asked to play.
One of my favorite parts of volleyball other than the game itself is the friends and connections I have made by just being part of the volleyball family. On my past teams, I always did my best to be supportive of my teammates, and push them to do their best. I have always been loud, and a good communicator, my team and I always had a good bond, we always win or lose as a team, we do it as one team, and we take responsibility as a team. I haven’t always been the best student because focusing on things I am not interested in has always been a challenge of mine; I have never had that issue with volleyball or music. I believe that having volleyball as part of my college experience will be key to my success as a student because even in high school I knew that if I didn’t work to focus even when not motivated on my studies I would not be able to play. I think it is important to understand our strengths and weaknesses on and off the court so that you can confidently use your strengths as a caveat for success, and work to improve the areas that are not so natural or easy.
I plan to major in education or veterinary medicine because I love children and animals, and that goes well with my natural caregiving attitude. I am a natural motivator because I focus on the positive no matter what life throws at me. My parents are both in the military and many times they had to be away for long periods of time and that taught me to be strong and positive. As a player, I think that helps me and my teammates because I have the mental fortitude to keep focused on the game, recover from errors, and keep the belief that we can win even if at that moment it seems impossible.