There is a thrill like no other when the roar of the crowd sounds after a huge kill! When my teammates scream and embrace me after a huge block. These experiences are what motivate me and have encouraged me to pursue playing collegiate volleyball. Since I was young, I have enjoyed playing various sports. Some I liked and others only for one season. In 7th grade, I started playing school volleyball and basketball. I found both sports exciting. After my 8th grade seasons, I decided I wanted to play club volleyball and made an American team. The following year, I made a National team and have played at that level since. As I entered high school, I made the varsity team as a freshman for both basketball and volleyball and was introduced to the importance of team work and support both on and off the court. Being a dual sport athlete in high school, I have had to be disciplined and practice strong work ethic to balance not only my athletics, but also my academics.
I grew up in a home with both parents who have supported me and encouraged me to try new things, work hard in whatever I pursue and to never quit. They have challenged me to always give 100% and be thankful for all the blessings I have. They have taught me to love God, family and friends and treat others with the same respect that I want to be treated with. These traits have influenced who I am and are what help me to be a great teammate and friend. These characteristics have also helped me perform well in my academics and maintain a 4.0 GPA, while also volunteering at my church and in local community service projects.
As I begin thinking about college and the next chapter of my life, I am excited by the possibility of playing volleyball at the next level. I would like to pursue a career in physical therapy or medicine, which I know will be hard work. The skills that I have learned thus far by playing volleyball while in school will be the same skills that will help me be successful in college.