|Club||Clay Thompson||Lexington United Volleyball 18-Clay||Lexington||KY|
|High School||Wesley Vance|
Career and Major Goals:
Since I have developed a love of creative writing and respect for the English language overall, I wish to choose a career that will incorporate that and my other passions for traveling and photography. I would love to become a photojournalist, where I can document my travels and connect readers and viewers to beautiful nature and cultures from all over the world. I also have the desire to learn as many languages as I can, and while I've been speaking and learning Spanish (Spain and Mexico) since the second grade, I'm working to expand to different countries, and am currently learning German online in my free time. This summer, I'm also signed up to take a sign language class that a program in my community is offering. By learning and expanding my knowledge of languages and cultures of other countries, it will further help me to connect more deeply to my potential future career.
I have always considered myself as a strong leader. Growing up, I would be the first to take charge in school activities, at church functions, and even among my siblings at home. Until recently, though, I did not have the full understanding of how important the role of leadership actually is.
I was raised in a very religious family, so going to church and being involved in the community has always been a top priority in my life. I’ve bonded and created lasting relationships with my peers and youth ministers of Good Shepherd Youth Group, in which I have been a part of for several years. Last year, I was honored to be selected by my youth minister to attend a leadership program in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. At this program, I learned how to strengthen my relationship with others and God by being taught the different characteristics of a great leader: good communication, patience, a strong work ethic, and responsibility. Also, over the summer, I went to South Carolina for Catholic Heart Work Camp where I led a group of peers in rebuilding homes.
For the past several years, volleyball has been an enormous part of my life. During my first year playing at the high school level, I was elected to be co-captain of the Junior Varsity team. For my club team, Frankfort Elite Volleyball Association, my coaches have chosen me to be captain for the last two seasons. Through this, I learned how to be a positive role model, keep my team on task, and show good sportsmanship.
Through these amazing experiences, I’ve developed a better sense of what being a leader actually takes. I feel that I have developed skills that will be valuable to me throughout life, and I hope that I can continue to impact lives with these important assets.
By going to a Catholic school up until 8th grade, I learned the importance of giving to the community and helping others. Through Catholic Heart Work Camp, I went to South Carolina and along with others, we helped a variety of people with very little financial resources make their homes more habitable. I volunteer at the local Soup Kitchen by making and serving food, and I also volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul Society, which is a local charity and thrift store that helps those in need.
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