2018 AAU National Championships
|Years diving||USA Diving||AAU|
USA Diving National Qualifier
I have many reasons for wanting to dive in college. First, nothing is better for the soul than being with people who not only care for you, but understand your passion and push you to be your best. My teammates hold me accountable, not only to my sport, but to my studies as well. I plan on studying molecular oncology, so having the extra support from other athletes will be invaluable in helping me achieve my goals.
Next, I discovered diving while watching the summer olympics with my father. My dad loved watching my practices and especially my meets. He has since passed away but I feel his love and encouragement every time I’m on the boards. I have always had drive and determination, and want to continue excelling at the sport I love, knowing how proud my dad would be of me.
Also, I have been in competitive sports since I was young and recognize the benefits of being a student athlete. It has taught me the worthwhile skills of time management and prioritization of my responsibilities and obligations. I realized early on that I am a student and an athlete and need to be diligent with my studies. I have also learned the importance of physical fitness, proper nutrition, good sleep habits, and mental well-being.
Lastly, I want to be a member of a team not only for what it will do for me, but for what I can do for my team. I am a dedicated, hardworking teammate. I am naturally supportive, but after experiencing the loss of my father, I have become more empathetic of other people’s experiences and know I will be a great source of encouragement.
As an athlete, I come to practice ready to work hard. I realize that although practice should be fun, I also have an obligation to be productive and have a good attitude. Although I have had some personal obstacles that have kept me out of the pool for periods of time, I have remained a valuable member of our national team and even achieved the highest individual score, leading my team to USA zones and nationals. I encourage confidence in my fellow divers and push them to do their best, even while they are under pressure.
Outside of diving, I am a leader at school. I am ranked in the top of my class, am involved in many school activities, and I tutor elementary school kids in Math and English.
I pursue healthy athletic performance as a student athlete by making sure I get proper rest, eat healthy and put as much effort into my physical training as I do on the boards. I also take care of my mental health by talking to mentors and remaining faithful to my spiritual beliefs.
Community service is important to me because of the support that I have been given throughout my life, as well as my personal belief that we should give back and take care of those in need. One activity I am involved with is Rotary, an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. We do many things such as volunteering at soup kitchens and raising money to buy clothes for people in our community. I am also involved in community service through the youth group at my church. I have been actively involved in outreach since I was young. In addition, I volunteer with childcare and tutoring.