I have been playing volleyball since I was in 3rd grade. It's hard to remember a time when the sport wasn't part of my everyday life and I'm grateful for the things it has taught me. First, volleyball has taught me that being a leader is about more than stats. As a setter and captain of my club team, I have learned how to run an offense, how to help my team stay focused, and how to overcome adversity. I have learned that being a leader is about being a good role model, on and off the court. Volleyball has also taught me that life is a team sport. I am fortunate because I have parents, coaches, and teammates who believe in me, challenge me to be my best, and support my academic and athletic goals. No kill happens without a great pass or set, and I won't reach my goals alone. Finally, volleyball has taught me not to define myself by wins and losses. I've played on both strong and not-so-strong teams. I never won a city championship in grade school, but I learned a lot about hard work, being a great teammate, and making a difference in the community. Making it to the State Final Four this last year has left me very hungry to get back and win it, but volleyball has taught me that the journey to get to State is as important as the outcome. So, I can't imagine leaving volleyball behind when I go to college. I still have a lot to learn and I know volleyball will continue to be a great teacher!