When I first started playing volleyball, I played at the YMCA and I was just having fun with it. Over the years I decided that that type of play wasn't competitive enough for me, so I started looking at other clubs and working harder on my own. My sophomore club season was when I finally found a club team that was right for me and I started to get the coaching that I needed, not only from club ball, but from getting to play on high school varsity as well. Freshman year on varsity was all about learning for me, I knew I wasn't going to get a ton of playing time because of all the seniors on the team but I took each day of practice as it came and worked hard on technique. Freshman year was a big learning curve but much needed, for my sophomore season I was a starter for most games and Junior year is looking even better. Whenever I'm in the gym, I try to be the hardest worker and truly listen to everything my coach tells me and apply it. I like being challenged, because it gives me the opportunity to overcome that challenge. Once I overcome that challenge, I'm always ready for a new one.
Along with challenges in volleyball, I also love a challenge in school. From my freshman year I have worked incredibly hard to get a 4.0, so far that is still looking like a success. I doubled up on math classes my sophomore year because taking one would have been too easy. If the school offers the course in honors, I take it, and my junior I am taking the highest level classes that I can, along with studying to get college credit for U.S. History, Language, Pre-calc, and Spanish. I am also involved in student leadership in my school: we set up fundraisers, talent shows at our school, and I am personally in charge of doughnut fundraising that we do to help pay for busses used for any out of school activities that we do. I recently joined Interact Club as well, which is basically a big community service club where we find issues in our school and local community that we feel need to be addressed and do community service projects to work on them.
When I am not playing volleyball or doing school work, I play piano and I work at Wichita State University as a swim lessons instructor for Aqua Shocks. I have worked there for three years and I have just been promoted to lead instructor for our Boys and Girls Club program that we have. With everything that I do in my life, I focus on being hard working, dependable, and open minded. I take what people say into consideration and try to apply the information to my life and my skills. I have a passion and drive for volleyball and love learning new things both on and off the court!