Emily's Figure Skating Nationals
From the age of four, my heart has been dedicated to the unique sport of figure skating and learned to conquer the insecurities that come along with such a drama-filled and competitive sport. Through elementary, middle and the first two years of high school, I have had the additional support of teachers and principals while attending public schools in Deer Park, Texas. They worked with me by sending me my homework and PowerPoints when I left for competitions several times a year, and provided additional support by acknowledging my accomplishments to the classes. Balancing figure skating and school was difficult already and required homework to be done during car rides to the ice rink located an hour away.
However, time came when I had no choice but to leave my supporting teachers and move to Dallas, Texas where opportunity for competitive training was much greater and world-ranked. My new coaches required more time on the ice which meant less time for schooling. As we could not afford private schooling that allowed for fewer in-school hours, I had no choice but to begin homeschooling through the K12 program. At first, I had a difficult time adjusting to online schooling because it was difficult for me to balance time and learn only from online videos. As time progressed, I found inspiration from the amazing athletes here in Dallas and admired how they found ways to balance figure skating and school. Perseverance from other athletes here in Dallas inspired to me to continue on my journey in hopes of accomplishing my goals of becoming a pharmacist in addition to my goals of competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
I hope pass on the inspiration to other athletes and encourage them to try their hardest in achieving goals in both academics and athletics and not let go of their academics due to discouragement and difficult challenges that arise in competitive sports. I am eager to continue pursuing my goals and dreams in both academics at University of Texas at Dallas and athletics in hopes of competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
I am raising money to help fund my trip to U.S. Prudential National championships in North Carolina from Jan.16- Jan. 26. My family has worked hard in providing me with the opportunity compete in two disciplines; pairs and singles which is quite costly and difficult, and I would like to help out as much as I can.
I truly appreciate your support for my goals and dreams and hope you have a blessed day!