From halftime oranges to Division One
From a very young age, I have loved sports. Although I was not tall, my work ethic helped me be very successful in soccer, basketball, softball and track. As my dad would always tell me when people challenged my size, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” At Trafton Middle School, I was MVP in all four sports. During my freshman year at Lamar High School, I decided to dedicate my time exclusively to soccer—wanting a basketball scholarship was not realistic at 5 feet 2 inches! My soccer club, Challenge 88, helped me accomplish my goal. I drive three days a week to Tomball to train with my team. Challenge 88 is nationally ranked and has won the State Championship for three consecutive years.
During my junior year, our team played at many college showcase tournaments. After visiting ten colleges on unofficial visits, I verbally committed to Auburn University on a soccer scholarship. I fell in love with Auburn because of its great combination of soccer and academics. Its soccer program took second in the recent SEC tournament and was ranked #13 nationally in 2004. Most importantly, Auburn has a wonderful academic reputation. I am proud that I will graduate in the top 10 percent of my class, especially given my demanding soccer schedule. I cannot believe that 11 years ago, I was just a little girl with pigtails that thought the best part of soccer was the oranges at halftime; now I am looking forward to playing soccer for a Division 1 university. WOW! The best part of playing a team sport is that you share your wins and losses with 15 of your best friends. My mother has always said that the journey is more important than the destination and my soccer journey has taught me so much. Mostly I have learned that in order to achieve success in life, you need hard work, determination and a lot of passion!
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