There are so many different things I’ve learned through volleyball. Not only how to pass, set or hit, but how to be a leader and persevere through hard times. Leadership is one of the key aspects I learned through volleyball; helping lead your team to victory and being that same leader after defeat. I never truly understood what being a leader meant until I saw how others were leading their team to success, both on and off the court. I wanted to become that person for my teammates and coaches, so I did. Being a leader for my team meant having to put my emotions aside, and doing what is best for the team, allowing myself to set others up for success, while transitioning from a six rotation OH to becoming a Libero. This leadership role transferred to the classroom as well. I became the person others came to for help and looked to for advice. But with the leadership role, on and off the court, came many ups and downs. I experienced the need to push to be better, not only for myself but for others, through good times, and harder times. Because of the things I have learned through volleyball, it has shaped me into a better person, allowing me to push through anything no matter the circumstance.