Updated: Sep 2, 2020
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
I think the title of this post says it all. NO DREAM IS TOO BIG, and if anyone tells you otherwise, you don’t need them. Be ambitious. Whether that means setting high expectations of yourself in terms of your performance in your sport, getting recruited to your dream school, or being a distinguished scholar.
When I was in high school, all my teammates were getting recruited, but due to injuries, I was never able to get back in shape enough to even think about the recruiting process. I had always wanted to go to Michigan, a consistently top ranked school in NCAA gymnastics, and if you had seen my practices and competitions my freshman and sophomore years, you would’ve said she’ll never get there. To be quite frank, I was thinking that too. I even doubted that I’d get to do college gymnastics at all. At the end of my sophomore year though, I made a decision that I needed to make a change in my habits. I began working harder, bettering myself both in and out of the gym. The summer going into my junior year was all about gymnastics. I improved tremendously, and started to get into the recruiting process, but only with lower ranked schools at the time. The other condition I had when it came to recruiting, was that I would not compromise my education to do gymnastics. Again, Michigan was at the top of my list, although I still had doubts that I was good enough to get there. I kept working hard though in both the gym and in the classroom.