Since the age of 5, I have played sports. My parents were high school athletes and encouraged me to try them all until I found the one for me. While I excelled at most of them, I really began to enjoy volleyball. I was lucky enough to find a coach at my local YMCA who believed in me and helped me develop the skills and confidence to play at the highest level for my club team. I put in the work on and off the court so that I can play collegiate volleyball while earning a degree in computer engineering. I know the experience of playing at the collegiate level is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I lead my team as the setter and contribute as a right-side hitter and all-around player. Not only do I play, but I also coach volleyball at my local YMCA and was honored as the YMCA Teen Volunteer of the Year.
As a leader on and off the court, I believe in leading by example. I attend a STEM charter high school where I am an honor student, ambassador, and actively involved in Key Club. My school utilizes project-based learning, where I am consistently selected as a group leader, making me comfortable with public speaking. The unique learning approach has allowed me to attend Space Camp and is preparing me for my college academic career. I am a motivated and encouraging teammate that plays with integrity. I don’t make excuses when I make mistakes but instead focus on improving the next play. I always give 100% at practice and work extensively outside of practice to improve myself and further develop my skills to improve at the sport I am genuinely passionate about.
My parents have taught me that playing a sport is more about being part of a team rather than great athleticism. Dedication, accountability, hard work, and determination are skills I will use throughout my life. I have played volleyball for only a few years, but I improve my skills and knowledge each year. I am not scared of hard work. I know it takes hard work, dedication, and passion to succeed and take my skills to the next level. I know that I would be a great asset to your program if afforded the opportunity.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice.