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Figure skating took over my life and it became a monster consuming my peace of mind and my body The monster demanded countless hours on the ice causing me to miss school to miss new opportunities for new friendships and to miss quality time with my family I had to make a difficult decision and that decision was quitting The day I told my coach that I was abdicating figure skating was the day a new door opened for me New opportunities were there for me to find I just had to go find them It felt so strange not leaving early from school or waking up early in the morning for a practice I knew that there was a reason I quit I just did not know why It was not until about December that my mom said I should try out for the tennis team She saw something in me that I could not see I was skeptical about playing tennis because I lacked confidence I was afraid that I had made the wrong decision in giving up skating My mom signed me up for private lessons for the last month before tryouts at Saint Andrews As time went on I started to realize that maybe this could be it Tryouts were a week away and I was starting to get a little nervous Was I going to make the team Was I going to hit any of the balls back into the court I just thought back to when I got on the ice for the first time and I remembered how I was scared that I was going to fall After about two lessons I could skate and not fall The day tryouts came around I just thought of that situation and brought my best game I was hitting most of the balls in and won one of my matches I felt a sense of accomplishment Like I actually tried for
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