When I first started in a local volleyball league at eight years old, I didn’t even realize what college volleyball was! But the more I play and the more competitive the game gets, I recognize how much I want to continue to play in college. I love applying my knowledge of math and science into the strategy of the game. Being the only freshman on the high school varsity team has been my greatest challenge in volleyball so far. I was able to make the most of this time by showing I can compete at the same level as the older girls. This challenge led me to become more confident in my skills. The words I use to describe myself on the court are consistent, solid, and level. I try to lead by example, which best fits my personality. For me, it is the extra reps I ask for after practice is over, the extra hours with the school athletic trainer before school, or the articles I read about perseverance that demonstrate my dedication.
I also participate in other extracurricular clubs at school: Optimist Club (a community service organization), Natural Helpers (a peer to peer counseling group), and Riley’s Dance Marathon. My favorite community service activity so far has been to participate with my high school volleyball team in a Feed My Starving Children event where we packaged food to be distributed all over the world. I can’t wait to participate in more activities like this.