While in 8th grade, I submitted my high school application to Kent Place. I wrote about how I wanted to go to college and be a Division I athlete (I actually wrote this, I have photographic proof; I am not just saying this to be poetic). Kent Place helped me achieve this dream by giving me an opportunity to play field hockey at a competitive level, and by teaching me lessons that would ultimately help me overcome the challenges that accompany being an athlete at an Ivy League institution.
On the first day of preseason during the month before my freshman year at KPS, I didn’t know anyone on the field hockey team. I was extremely nervous because I had told myself that I had to make the KPS varsity team as a freshman and that anything less would be unacceptable. After a few days of working extremely hard and going home totally exhausted, knowing that I could not have given one more single ounce of energy, I was put on the junior varsity team.
For a few days after getting this news, I was confused, annoyed, and upset. I had worked extremely hard over the summer and had played for countless hours with my club team. I thought I did everything in my power to set myself up for the varsity team. But, in this situation, I learned that I cannot always look at a failed goal as a negative. I told myself "I have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going, because the more times I try and the harder I work, the more likely it is that I will succeed." This situation could have deterred me and destroyed my dreams of ultimately becoming a Division I athlete, but instead, I let it fuel me. I also learned at Kent Place that it is important to celebrate the small victories. I learned to “roll with the punches,” because there is always a lesson to be learned.
I would not trade this initial failure or any of my experiences at Kent Place for anything in the world. They have made me stronger and more determined. I often find myself scrolling through pictures on my phone thinking of the “good old days” and sometimes I even wish I was back in the senior lounge singing and dancing with my friends at 7:30 a.m. I truly did not grasp just special my time at Kent Place would be in contributing to my success until I found myself implementing all these lessons on Penn's campus. Being a Kent Place girl trained me to become all that I am now as a Penn woman.