I became a coxswain during the spring of my freshman year, for my high school’s team. The following fall I was recruited to cox for a regional team, Grand Rapids Rowing Association. In addition to the GVSU camp listed, I also participated in a coxswain clinic at Michigan State University.
I have attended a Spanish immersion school since I was four, and have been fully bilingual since I was six years old. The opportunity to learn all of my core subjects in Spanish and be surrounded by people of different cultures has been an incredible gift. This gift has helped me to serve others and have had some incredible experiences. Being bilingual and having a solid Cultural IQ is very important in our world, now more than ever.
I took two years out of the Spanish immersion school to attend an environmental school. Goodwillie Environmental School only accepts 25 girls and 25 boys from our entire district. When I was accepted, I knew it was an incredible opportunity. I took weekly Spanish tutoring to keep up my skills. Goodwillie was where my leadership and teamwork skills flourished. I was responsible to guide groups of young students and adults down trails and introduce them to the inhabitants of the forest and field. We took a backpacking/canoeing trip in small groups, roughing it all the way, depending on one another for food, erecting shelter, and for encouragement when we were exhausted. These experiences were full of opportunities to hone our teamwork skills. At Goodwillie, school was mainly outdoors. This is sometimes a challenge in Michigan, but we did it. I became very hearty and driven, which led right into middle school, where I was determined to be my own person, and forge my own opportunities. At the end of my 8th grade year I attended the FHN Rowing Camp, a camp for 7th and 8th graders. After camp, I was absolutely hooked. I knew rowing was for me. Because of my small stature, and big personality, coxing was the perfect fit!
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