Student in Athens, Georgia
I hear my alarm go off and it's six in the morning. Time to get up and go to practice. When I hear the pounding sound of my alarm each morning, I am not the most excited to wake up, but when I think about it, I would not change it for the world. Volleyball has been such a big part of my life. Like my writing, I continue to grow each and every practice. There are so many life lessons I have learned from being a collegiate student-athlete, but my one take away is to be yourself. For me, qualities of being myself are leadership, teamwork, competitiveness, and faith. While I carry these qualities on the court, volleyball has helped me with these off of the court as well. Doors have opened for community service opportunities such as the program ESP. I also have been able to excel outside the classroom with athlete-based leadership and diversity meetings outside of practice. Lastly, volleyball has brought me closer to my faith. Getting the opportunity to be in my position as an athlete at the University of Georgia is one I do not take lightly. I am thankful and grateful for the opportunities volleyball gives me athletically, but also the opportunities I receive academically in the classroom.