First Quarter Reflection

This quarter has gone by in a blur. I vividly remember waking up that August morning and not believing that I was about to drive to school. It was one of those things that you don’t want to believe. You keep telling yourself, “this is not happening, this is not happening” but it unfortunately was. I ended up driving to school that fateful morning, and was introduced to my teachers and classmates. I soon got into that monotonous rhythm of school. Wake up, go to school, go home, do homework, and go to bed. Hanging out with my friends on weekends and going to volleyball and football games definitely helps though. It makes at least some part of school more fun and enjoyable. Although, my senioritis set in extremely quickly. Studying and doing homework has become harder than ever and way easier to procrastinate. I’ve had a lot of practice over the past few years. Fortunately, my workload has surprisingly been minimal. I rarely have B-day homework and the occasional A-day homework. I even haven’t had to study that much all year! A lot of my grades have been dependent on the homework, small projects, and essays. For example, in Dual Enrollment English we have only had one quiz all year and our grade has been based on homework, a project, and an essay we wrote. It’s much different than any other English class I have been in. This quarter has been a little rough on my grades, but hopefully I can push through the senioritis and finish out the last three quarters strong.

What it Would Mean to Gain a College Education

Obtaining a college education would mean everything to me. It will help me get a job after I finish college and allow me to live happily. Also, if I attempted to play golf professionally, a college education would allow me to have something to fall back on that route didn’t work. Furthermore, I want to get a college education to make my family proud. It takes a lot of hard work to balance playing a sport and school, and I want to show them I can do it. College is going to drill into me time management and I need to take advantage of the practice. Having good time management is something I’m working on because I know it will help me later in life. 

In college I plan on studying something relating to business. I’m not sure what aspect of business I’m going to go into, but I hope I will be able to relate it to golf. My golf coach, John Ronis, has done this and used his golf and business experience to create his own golf academy. What he has done has inspired me to learn more about business and to be passionate about the things that I learn. 

Watching and learning about golf my entire life has molded me into the person I am today. The game has inspired me to always be my best and to never give up. Obtaining a college education will prepare me for adult life by providing me with knowledge, time management skills, and the assurance I can succeed in life. 

 

The Game of Golf

I have been around golf my whole life. I first touched a club when I was three years old. My grandfather and great uncle tell me stories about golf when they were younger. My great uncle says that my grandfather was amazing and that he would caddy for my grandpa in tournaments. I think that it’s awesome that they still have these memories 50 years later. My grandfather then passed the game down to my dad. He didn’t start playing until he was in high school, but when he did he got addicted. My dad also tells me stories about playing golf in his youth. He said he remembers sneaking out onto the golf course to get some holes in before dark and playing with my grandpa. My dad loved golf so much that he ended up playing on the club team at Penn State. He still plays regularly and enjoys the game more than ever. 

I am extremely happy that my dad so eagerly passed the game down to me. I don’t know what I would do without golf. A lot of my free time is dedicated to practicing and tournaments so I would have a ton of extra time on my hands. I started playing in tournaments when I was seven. I played in a local organization called LJGA where we only played five holes at a beat up par-3 course. LJGA had a system where as you got better, you moved up difficulty levels. Year after year I worked my way up the ladder to the highest tier. When I was 13, I grew out of the organization and started focusing on more difficult and longer tournaments like in the MAPGA. 

I have consistently played in junior tournaments my whole life and more recently started playing in amateur tournaments to experience playing against people of all ages. What inspired to do this was watching the pros. I have gone to the Quicken Loans Championship multiple times and have experienced some amazing players play. I’ve watched Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, and many more. I have also worked as a golf camp counselor. I worked at my local club and taught kids the basics of golf. It was a rewarding experience to teach kids what I have been learning for years. 

Golf is a sport that has changed my life. It has taught me that perseverance and hard work can lead me anywhere. The sport has taught me how to handle myself under intense and nerve wracking situations. All of these aspects are guaranteed to help me out later in life by solving a tough situation at a job or possibly by helping me win a PGA tournament.