Winning the Asics Junior National Championship with my club team this year in Chicago has had a very positive impact on my volleyball career. It has shown me that hard work does pay off and has built a relationship with my teammates that I will remember for a lifetime.
I first became interested in volleyball when my two older sister began playing the sport. I remember first going to their games and tournaments when I was 9 years old. The first year I was able to go out was when I was in 5th grade and I've loved the sport ever since. Volleyball has taught me a lot about myself. Mostly that I can turn to the sport to take my mind off things, while improving my skills at the same time. Also, it's shown me that friendships made from sports are unforgettable. Lastly, it's taught me to have a good work ethic and that nothing worth having comes easy.
My academic goals for the future are to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA throughout high school, to graduate college with a Nursing Degree, and to later attend Medical School. An obstacle that I've recently had to overcome was that this past winter, at the very beginning of my 3rd year of club season, I had to have surgery to get my appendix removed. I then had to work much harder than usual to gain my skills back and to fulfill my role needed on the team. Some special characteristics I have is that I'm able to make good relationships with my teammates, I am coachable, and I'm willing to work hard to meet my goals.