Ever since the first grade, I have had two things on my mind: school and soccer. Here was the typical routine during the school year: school at 8 in the morning, soccer in between breaks and lunch, and going home to eat after school. After eating, I would get as much homework done as I could before getting ready for soccer practice with my team at 5 o’clock. After practice, I would then shower, eat dinner with the family, and get to the rest of my homework before going to bed. Up until my junior year in high school, school and soccer were the two substances that I loved, was good at, and saw myself doing as a living. At some point that year, I began to realize that it was simply not feasible to be both a professional soccer player and a doctor (I developed this particular career interest that year and became more enthusiastic about it my senior year, as I am now). It was as if I had been driving on a two-lane highway into the future, and the point at which the two lanes split, each going in a different direction, was fast approaching. I was becoming aware of the fact that I would not be able to focus all of my efforts 50:50 between soccer and my studies forever.

Thinking about this made me both happy and sad. Happy because I would soon be dedicating myself solely to my school and career, but sad because I would no longer see that which brought me joy for the majority of my life, my futbol, with the eyes of my childhood - with that dream of walking onto the field for my debut as a professional soccer player.

My name is Luis Garza. I am a very dedicated individual who puts all his efforts into that which he is passionate for. I work very hard to one day realize my new dream of becoming a surgeon, and play soccer when the opportunity presents itself.

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