I come from a very academic and active family. Both my parents, and now sister, are engineers and played collegiate sports. Having this as an example made me, from the time I was young, have high goals and standards. I have always been a part of a team, whether it be basketball, soccer, track, golf, softball, or volleyball. I started to play volleyball in seventh grade, mainly because my sister had played and I loved watching the game, and immediately fell in love with it. Even though I love the rush of getting a great kill or block, the reason volleyball is my favorite sport is because of the team aspect. There would be no kill without the great set or the spot on dig. I would consider myself to be a loud and encouraging teammate. When I first started to play, I was a quiet player and my coach told me that one of the qualities of a great player is the ability to communicate, in the good games and the bad. Through playing volleyball, I have learned so many life skills. It has taught me how to be a team player, how to win, but also how to lose. The best thing volleyball has done for me is shown me how to set, work toward, and achieve goals. Outside of volleyball, I am a member of the honor society, my church’s youth group and my high school varsity basketball team. My aspirations are to play collegiate level volleyball at a high level while earning a science degree.