My Journey to Discovering Myself
Since the time I was born I have always visited my grandparents who live in the redwood forest about three hours from here. I have nothing but good memories of their house whether it be the long, but beautiful drive up, or my grandma always having something sweet for me to eat. My cousins would always come to my grandparent's house when I was there, and each time we'd play kick the can. It was a time filled with laughter and fun as we would run and chase each other through the forest. Looking back I have realized my love of nature has stemmed from spending so much time in those very woods.
I had tried a lot of different sports before I tried tennis. You name it, I probably played it, but from the second I started playing tennis I fell in love with it. I had never experienced anything like it. I was automatically comfortable with anyone I met on the court. It was a chance for me to branch out and meet new people that would otherwise be strangers. I have forged many friendships and we are still very close today even though we are in different grades and go to totally different schools. Over all tennis taught me sportsmanship and perseverance, when ever I play I feel comfortable and at home and I can't imagine myself playing any other sport.
When I was younger I didn't really care about getting to know my grandma and listing to her stories, but as I started growing older and she started nearing the end of her life, I realized how important she was to me. She taught me how to love everyone, be compassionate, and to be brave in the face of hardship. My grandma had one of the toughest lives I could imagine but her smile lit up a whole room. She remained positive and happy throughout every trial and difficulty. One of the biggest things I learned from her was to always be happy, be grateful for the little things, and to never give up in the face of hardship.
Mandie (my dog)
Since kindergarden I had always wanted a dog. I remember looking for dogs online for years and begging my parents for every cute puppy I saw, but the answer was always no. Then one day while I was at school my mom looked online and saw Mandie was for sale right near our home, so she went over and got it that day. When I got home I met Mandie for the very first time and I was so excited. Mandie has taught me how to be more responsible, but above all to be patient.
Mrs. Dick was my 5th grade teacher. She was one of the best teachers I have ever had. She was strict and intelligent yet she mixed in just the right amount of humor to keep her class fun and entertaining. Mrs. Dick inspired me to try my best in school. Since her class I have strived to get A's. And from her I've learned that A's don't always come easy, they take work and dedication.
7th and 8th Grade Volleyball
Tennis has been my sport since I was younger but in 7th grade I decided to try volleyball. Volleyball was completely new to me, and some of the older class men who had been playing for a couple years took me under their wing. I learned fast and before I knew it I was as good as the people who had been playing longer than me.I had a relatively small school, and an even smaller volleyball team so everyone on the team became like family to me.Volleyball taught me the value of team work and positivity no matter what the situation.
Rather recently I have started hiking, and even though I've only done it few times, I've fell in love with it. When you get away from technology and put down your phone, you really see how magnificent nature is. When I'm hiking I feel at peace and I love the feeling of exploring new places. Hiking has given me an opportunity to see the beauty in nature and to get in shape while doing it. Hiking has also made me realize that I want to pursue a career that is in nature, not one were I'm sitting at a desk all day.