I started playing volleyball when I was ten years old and I learned with one of my best friends in the backyard. I grew up playing soccer ever since I was two years old and I never would have thought I would pursue playing volleyball in college. At first I started playing volleyball for fun, but over the years my love for the game has grown immensely and I can't imagine my life without it. Ultimately, I had to choose between soccer and volleyball on which to focus on and it was the hardest decision of my life so far since I love both sports so much. I never wanted to let my dad down by giving up soccer since he was my first soccer coach, but I knew that he would support me no matter what.
Volleyball has taught me how to be mentally strong, to never give up, and to trust my teammates. I have learned the value of teamwork, leadership, and resilience both on and off the court. I have used determination both on the volleyball court and in the classroom by never stepping down from a challenge. This is reflected in my play on the court and by taking some of the hardest classes available at my high school. Volleyball has shaped my life in ways that I never would of imagined, not only have I met amazing people but I have also learned so much about myself. I have learned that I like to be extremely organized in order to balance multiple sports and clubs as well as my academics. I have also learned how to make big decisions for myself and think situations through thoroughly. Additionally, becoming a captain of my high school varsity team has taught me to step up in big moments and help my teammates out. I am very grateful for every lesson that all sports have taught me over the years and I am excited to learn more through volleyball!