Life is short and I have learned from experience that life can be changed forever in a split second. This realization motivates me to take advantage of every opportunity I have to be the best that I can be and make the biggest impact on those around me. It makes me strive to improve the person and player I am every time I step on the court. I push myself to be a better athlete because when my father had a stroke, I saw how hard it was for him to walk, talk, and do the simplest things in life. I know that having the ability to play volleyball is such a privilege, and that I should not take it for granted.
I have been around volleyball my entire life and have grown up loving it. I cannot imagine living my life without it. In eighth grade, I had a serious injury that prevented me from playing that school season. Although I was very upset about not getting to play, it taught me even more about volleyball. I got to see the game from a different perspective and it taught me to read the court. Not being able to play also showed me to give 100% while I am healthy and able to play. Ever since then, in my high school career, volleyball has been a year round focus for me. I have dedicated countless hours training and playing in order to achieve my goals. As a freshman and a sophomore I have helped my high school team set records that had never been achieved before. I would be a great addition to a college team, because I know life is short and I make every second count to be the best I can be.