Being A Little Fish in a Big Pond

“Sometimes you need to jump into a bigger pond… big fish in a small pond is no challenge at all.” - Brad Sugars

I’ve always been someone who likes a challenge. The concept of being a little fish in a big pond never scared me, and actually excited me, until I started my recruiting process and finally came to Michigan. It wasn’t the fact that colleges/universities are way bigger than any other high school in terms of the size of the campus and student body, it was the fact that I just didn’t truly believe that I was good enough for me to actually get recruited. I think I acted like I thought I was because that was all I had at the time, but reflecting on it now, I’m realizing I was definitely scared and that probably hurt my performance a lot when I came to Michigan.

It’s easy to blame others for our mistakes, but when it comes to my freshman year, a lot of it was my fault. I basically threw myself a pity party as a walk on, and saw myself as lesser without even stepping foot into the gym yet. Of course, this was in my head and I did my best at practice everyday, but subconsciously, I think I was sabotaging myself by making excuses for any small inconvenience with, “I’m a walk-on”. Rather than building myself up, I was pushing myself down. 

Once I realized what I was doing, I changed my thought process. There were some other issues around the time I was going into my sophomore year, in terms of