I wrote this recently for a scholarship exam and really liked how it turned out.
Achieving academic success in high school can very difficult, but what is more difficult is
achieving success in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. Balancing grades, schoolwork,
extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities can very hard for a student and I feel that I’ve
been able to participate in lots of extracurricular activities while still maintaining exceptional grades.
Basketball has been very important to me for quite a long time. Although I find myself lacking in
the talent department necessary to succeed and compete in high school basketball, I still love playing
the game and looked for anyway to get involved. When an opportunity to be the manger and statistician
for my high school’s boys basketball team came up, I jumped all over it. I was excited to just be a part of
the team to be able to go to all of the games.
I soon realized that missing school and forfeiting time to do homework would not be an easy
thing. I pride myself on my ability to be able to continue to do well in school while be actively engaged in
many extracurricular activated so I just worked harder. Somehow, I have always found a way to make
time for both because I love the game so much and I didn’t want to have to give that up. I did homework
on the bus and made good use of my time whenever possible so I could continue going to the games
and helping the team.
I completed a full season of doing stats for the team my sophomore year and when basketball
rolled around my junior year I once again decided to get involved and be the statistician. The start of
that year an excellent opportunity for me came up, since I went to every game and had a good
perspective on the basketball team the local newspaper, ETV10, offered me a freelancing job to write
articles about the games for their website. It was very exciting and I wrote articles for them throughout
the year while getting a few decent paychecks along the way.
This year I’m once again the statistician for the basketball team and I enjoy it more and more
every year. I continue to write for ETV10 and have also been published for Deseret News. I’ve learned
many things from my time as the “stat man”, how to get along with the players, how to deal with being
criticized by parents above all how to juggle my school work and my extracurricular involvement. I think
that it is good to get away from straight school work in high school and pursue something I enjoy and I
find that sometimes that does help me with my grades by motivating me to push myself harder to new
heights that will enable me to realize my full potential. I’m grateful for my time as Emery’s statistician
become of the experiences and the lessons I’ve learned.