Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? Clean final corrected edit:
A personal accomplishment that I am proud of is becoming the captain of my school’s volleyball team. I began playing volleyball my sophomore year. At first, I joined just because my friends were on the team, but soon volleyball became my passion. I worked hard to learn how to play by practicing every day at school, attending summer camps, and playing in summer leagues. While most of my friends were on vacation, I was at our high school gym playing volleyball and working on my technique. My coach noticed my athletic ability and allowed me to play on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams my first year.
Practicing for both teams enabled me to get a lot better. I would practice for four hours every day, spending most of my day at school. Because of my height, I soon became a blocker. I was taught and learned to be at practice fifteen minutes early. Our coach demanded it; he would quote John Wooden about the importance of punctuality, so responsibility and being on time became second nature for me. But, our coach also told us that summers make champions.
In the summertime, I participated in our area’s Summer League games with my team. This past summer, I was made the volleyball captain of the team. As captain, I was expected to set an example for my team during games and practices. I did just that by speaking up during games when the team needed words of motivation and by playing as hard as possible. I also taught the incoming freshmen how to play volleyball, showing them the right way to hit and serve a volleyball. Everything I had learned as a younger player in summer campus put on by the San Diego State University head and assistant volleyball coaches, I passed on to the freshmen. I felt this was my responsibility as captain and it was my time to give back to the team.