University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Not Your Average Jock
What event in your life helps describe qualities that others may not know?
Out of breath, I settle down in my three point stance. Everyone on the line is pointing and yelling to say who they are blocking. On the snap of the ball I exert all my energy to push the other opponent into the ground. While football may seem like an extremely physical game, the mental aspect may exceed the physical need. Every player in every position needs to know where they are lining up and who to block for the play to go exactly right, then whoever is more physical wins. This showing of mental capacity also shows my versatility in the classroom as I manage 3 AP classes and one honors class.
Playing on a small team requires me to know basically every position on the offensive and defensive line, each position requiring a different skill set. This has taught me how to be versatile in my education as I matured. My first class is physics honors, which uses math concepts to prove the physical world. I must turn the intensity up on my math and problem solving skills as I dive into my AP B/C Calculus class. I relate this on the football field as going from kickoff into the first offensive play. You must be extremely mentally tough on offense while still out playing the other opponent, probably the hardest part of the game.
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