Before high school, being a college athlete wasn’t something I thought about much. However the experience I’ve had playing water polo has impacted me immensely. Every time I get in the water, whether it's a game or practice, it lights up my day. I’m passionate about playing and improving as much as possible. Now, I think about playing in college all the time. Every year that I’ve played has been exciting and enjoyable. The more I learn and the better I get, the more I want to play.
I want to play waterpolo at the collegiant level to further my love for the sport and grow as a player, a person and a leader. I want to be part of team that operates as a family and challanges me to be the best I can be. That isn't to say I'm not competative. I want to win very badly and will give maximum effort every day. However, I don't want to win so badly that I would be excited to endure a dysfunctional team culture in order to win.
Another passion of mine is volunteering. It's so gratifying to help someone in need or who is struggling through a tough situation. Ever since my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, I have tried to volunteer as much as possible to help those in need. I’ve gained so much from volunteering at my church’s middle school youth group, my local middle school swim and water polo teams. I’ve also attended multiple missions trips to help various impoverished communities. In addition, I assist weekly with the Special Ed class at my school and have learned sign language to assist me with this work. These experiences have shaped me to be a more caring and hard working person. In college I hope to pursue my dream of earning a degree in social work so that I can continue to help those in need for years to come.