I began learning about sports at a young age. I was introduced to gymnastics when I was just eighteen months old. As I grew to learn about the sport and advance my skill level, I was invited to join the competitive gymnastics team at the young age of five. Through this sport, I learned how to overcome failure, develop a solid work ethic, and set goals and expectations of myself. Though gymnastics is primarily an individual sport, I learned the value of being on a team, working together with my teammates, and supporting each other. I continued my journey in competitive gymnastics until I was eleven years old and am grateful for this influential experience in my life.
Stepping away from the sport of gymnastics allowed me to discover my interests in other sports. I played soccer, softball, and basketball, but it wasn’t until I made the seventh-grade volleyball team that I fell in love with a new sport. My friend encouraged my decision to try out for the volleyball team, and I could not be more grateful. I quickly learned that volleyball was more than just a sport. Playing volleyball provided me the opportunity to build strong relationships. It taught me how to trust my coach and teammates. I learned how to be a leader and positively influence my peers. I developed a passion for a sport that I have learned so much from.
In addition to playing volleyball, I have continued my journey with playing basketball. Being a dual-sport athlete is not an easy task. You need to understand how to prioritize your responsibilities, manage your time, and put full effort into all you do. I continue to do this while earning the recognition of being a scholar-athlete and team captain.
I began volunteering at Hospice of Dayton when I was 12 years old. This experience made me realize that I am passionate about helping others, especially when they are going through difficult times. This has influenced my future goals of advancing my education in the field of Health Sciences. More specifically, I hope to focus on the area of Physical Therapy or Sports Medicine while continuing to play volleyball at the collegiate level.
My journey in life had taught me significant lessons that I plan to carry with me in the future. I understand the value of being on a team, building trust with my teammates, and lifting each other up in a positive manner. I know the importance of learning from my mistakes, setting goals, and working hard to accomplish them. Most importantly, I possess the qualities of prioritizing my responsibilities so I am able to manage my time and put full effort into the commitments I make. I would like to thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me and my future endeavors.