Most kids who plan on wrestling in college have been wrestling since they were just out of diapers. I am not one of those kids. I got started in wrestling later, and because of this, I've had to work twice as hard as everybody else to catch up and pass my opponents. I'm used to working hard, and what sets me apart from other recruits is that I'm always willing to go the extra mile to get better. Whether that means getting to practice early, staying late, or going to the gym on my own after practice. I also bring a level of intensity into every match. My coaches and teammates even joke about my "angry face" when I am heading into a match. I believe that this intensity gives me a leg up on my opponents and helps to be mentally prepared for each match. I also understand that hard work is just as important in the classroom. I have always been an honors student and taken my academic work seriously. I plan to continue to work hard and get good grades over the next couple of years in high school. I would like more than anything to be able to continue my wrestling career in college, where I plan to study either business or a STEM career.