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The road getting to UCLA was not as easy as people think. Now I am a student athlete and people assume I have it all. A scholarship for five years and earned a starting position on the most well-known softball programs across the nation. College is the time when young adults learn who they are and what they want to make of themselves, but I have learned this before I stepped foot on this university.

At twelve years old, a principal told me I would not graduate from high school. My standardized test scores were the lowest he had ever seen and my scores have not improved since third grade. I sat there wondering why he was even having this conversation with me and my mom. My grades in school did not reflect my low test scores. I think about that day more than anyone will ever know. I earned A's and B's during middle school. I reached high school and hit a hard spot in my education. To add to this issue, I found out I had a learning disability called dyslexia. I knew I mixed up letters and numbers, but I always found a way to make the best of the situation.

I will never give up on myself. I realized in high school that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I had dreams of going to college and playing softball, but people always said I would never make it. I found something within myself and managed to go to school and play softball at UCLA. The love of the game helped push me to be where I am today. Now I live my dream every single day by being a bruin. I want to thank my principal for telling me I would never make it. Even though when I think about him I get angry, I also know that if he did not put down I would not be the person, the athlete, or the bruin that I am. I do it because someone told me I was not capable of achieving my dreams.

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