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PERSONAL ESSAY Participating in athletics gives me an edge As an athlete I have learned to interact with many different types of people work together and win Striving for excellence teaches you about your capabilities and how with practice they can expand Athletics is the best thing that has ever happened to me Participating in athletics has offered me many opportunities to make friends assume a leadership role and take on responsibilities Playing sports with a variety of personalities has enabled me to become a more mature and well-rounded person Without sports I wouldnt be who I am today Joe Paterno said The will to win is important but the will to prepare is vital Because an athlete has to practice every day in order to prepare it becomes apparent that you do not have all the time in the world to accomplish every day tasks With so much going on in an athletes life it is essential to prioritize Participation in athletics has helped me learn to do just that By keeping an organized schedule of my responsibilities and using my time well I have been able to show my teammates that it is possible to accomplish what needs to be done On and off the courtfield people look up to me for advice Being able to help my teammates is a great feeling Just knowing that others see how hard you work to get things done in your own life makes the world of difference in how you feel about yourself Despite the number of hours I have dedicated to sports I have been able to maintain a B average I have learned that if something is important to you you can accomplish whatever you need to My participation in athletics has made all the difference in the world to me Athletics plays a key role in many student-athletes lives Athletic participation has given me tremendous energy and
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