My freshman year of high school, I was full of optimism and was blind to all the hard work I was going to have to do in order to succeed. There were many times where I wouldn't study for a test, because I didn't believe that a failing grade would happen to me. Thankfully, I never got a failing grade before I realized people around me were failing when they didn't put the effort into studying! I noticed that when I didn't study I got bad grades, and when I did study for many days I would get good grades.
In middle school when I had the choice of running on a cross country team by myself or being on a team full of girls playing volleyball; I chose the volleyball team. That choice made me the person who I am today. I am able to work well with others and love to socialize in large groups of people. Before playing on a team, I felt very much like an introvert, but now I can easily call myself a huge extrovert that loves to get to know new people. The team that I chose to be on greatly shaped my personality. I am grateful that past Katrina chose this environment because I would have not met the amazing people that I know now.