I grew up in the gym as a multi-sport athlete, but it wasn’t until after my first club season that I fell in love with volleyball. Throughout those years, I’ve learned to always “work hard, never die,” and that confidence is powerful because if I want others to believe in me, I need to first believe in myself. These lessons have stuck with me and have encouraged me to push myself beyond what feels possible to accomplish my goals. My primary focus is to always be a team player, motivate my teammates to do the best they can and lead by example as I strive to continually be at my best in the gym. The concerted effort of individuals working together to be their best, results in the team excelling as a whole. It would be utterly amazing to see the realization of all of our hard work come out as a State Championship next year.
These are philosophies I intend to carry with me through to the collegiate level. My High School Coach recently stated when I was awarded the MVP Award that I was the most coachable player she’s had and sees the work being put in on and off the court. She acknowledged that I give 110% during practice and games, and I am not afraid to ask for advice. I then go out and immediately attempt to apply the adjustments recommended. I was honored to hear her comments, but consider it my passion not work.
Off the court, I apply the same principles of confidence, discipline, and consistent effort to academics and my community. Over the summer, I challenged myself by taking an in-residence college-level program through Cornell at their Isle of Shoals facility. While this course was outside my comfort zone and nothing like anything I have done before, I welcomed the opportunity to face a challenge, exercise teamwork in a different setting, and test my passion for Marine Biology, the field I am currently most interested. My experience with volleyball was easily applied as the experience required focus, the ability to learn from my peers, and apply the new experience for measurable, meaningful results. I was very proud to receive a 3.7 in an elite collegiate program, even before entering my junior year of high school.