|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||-||7:04.6||-||-||-||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
Rowing in high school has taught me to care more about something larger than myself. Doing everything for the benefit of the boat and the team was the most rewarding thing I could have spent my four years in school participating in. Being able to continue this athletic journey into college with teammates from everywhere across the country, and perhaps world, would be the logical next step. And beyond that, it would give me another four years on the water doing what I love.
Rowing is a sport based off of collectivism. In rowing, there is no "I"- there is only "we." You either succeed as a team or fail as a team. Which means every individual has to be a column and pillar to support each other up. Everyone in rowing is a leader. Through four years, I've cheered on teammates when they thought they couldn't go on. I've cried with teammates when we've all lost. In my opinion, leadership is not being in better than everyone-it's being there for everyone.
While rowing, I've had successes and losses. I have won races, I have improved over time. But I have also had days where I wished I was quicker and prayed that I was not letting my teammates down. And it's been these latter examples that push what I consider "healthy athletic performance." For me, "healthy athletic performance" is making sure I don't over-train. It's making sure that I don't get burned out. On a personal level, "healthy athletic performance" means being able to push yourself further on race days-but it's also restraining yourself on training days.
In my community, I'm a member of Rising Scholars. It's a program designed to help low-income or minority students succeed in school. It's a safety net for those who may not have other privileges, advantages, or support systems. Being apart of it, I originally used it to help me adjust to high school. Being overwhelmed with workloads, it gave me a way to cope. It gave me people to talk and bond with. And that's why this program is important to me now. As an upperclassman, I have tried to give back the same things I took away. I help with underclassmen who are struggling with school and stress. I volunteer with them to tour elementary schools, reading to the young kids. I assist in planning and executing assemblies within my high school.
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