I have played soccer since I was four-years old, a total of 13 years. Throughout that time, I have learned many life lessons that will allow me to persevere throughout college and adulthood. I am a natural leader and love working with others. I am a teammate on and off the field. These attributes have rewarded with me being selected as a Team Captain on three different teams. I have learned to work with different personalities, perspectives and skill levels. I have learned how to encourage individuals and provide constructive criticism. I have learned to lead by example and not expect others to do what I am unwilling to do. I have learned to be accountable for my actions and take responsibility when I make a mistake. I know about setting goals and working hard to reach those goals. This process requires sacrifice, dedication and commitment. Disappointment and set-backs also come with the territory. Between physical injuries and stress, I have experienced set-backs that made me want to give up and just walk away. However, I have learned that set-backs are part of the process and are required in order for me to grow. A leader does not quit; a leader does not walk away. A leader learns from their mistakes and continues to strive for success despite the obstacles. I have learned about winning and losing. With winning, there is joy, triumph and recognition. With losing, there is humility, self-reflection and the desire to improve. In all honesty, the lessons I have learned as a result of losing have been more beneficial. They have helped to make me a better athlete and a better person overall. As I set forth on my journey to someday become a Doctor, I know in my heart that my experiences as a teammate and a Captain will serve me well. I will be more empathetic of the needs of my patients. I will be more compassionate when they have set-backs. I will cheer for them on their path to recovery. I will be patient when they feel like giving up. I will listen when they do not always agree. But most importantly, I will view them as the individuals they are and do my part to leave an impact on their lives.