The turning point of my gymnastics career came my junior year
of high school. It was just another day at practice when I landed wrong on a
tumbling pass. Sharp, excruciating pain shot through my hips and legs as my
coached cheered me on to finish my floor routine. Step by step, the pain got worse and worse.
Being an athlete you learn to cope with pain, as it is a normal everyday
experience, but this was not normal pain, it was much worse. Not being able to
push through, I collapsed on a nearby practice mat and summoned my coach over
to help. Alongside my coach, my mother rushed me to the hospital to examine my
hips. As I rested in the hospital bed, I was given the news that I had an
intertrochanteric hip fracture. I was mentally and physically defeated.
Growing up, I was a very competitive athlete that believed in
obsessively training my body to be stronger and better. I had pushed myself
over the limit thinking I would become a gymnast I could never be. Because of this, I lost confidence in who I
I was out of the sport I loved for six months due to this
injury, which made me focus on other aspects of my life where my motivation,
work ethic, and discipline had a positive effect.
Although my gymnastics career ended late in my high school
years, the lessons I learned over the years have remained relevant in my life.
The image of me lying in pain on the practice mat sometimes slips into my mind
as I decide where to apply to law school.
Gymnastics has taught me to recognize my weaknesses and learn how to
overcome them. I have acquired a lifestyle of discipline and motivation that
will help me enter law school a much stronger person and student. I want to study
law at Oklahoma City University School of Law because it provides the best
combination of students, faculty, and resources to help me succeed. When I
completed, I succeeded when I took advantage of my opportunities and I hope Oklahoma City University School of Law will give me the
chance to succeed again.