Not many people find their passion early in life. I was fortunate to know by the age of 8 that I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel the world, play for the United States Federation Cup, and play professionally. But we don’t always get to do what we love forever. After 5 major surgeries, I knew my tennis career had come to an end. Pain and tears tried to consume me, but I stayed positive. I knew God had a reason for these obstacles and the day I realized that, was the day I wrote the next chapter in my life. I signed up for school in the hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon in sports medicine. I understand the love, joy, tears, and pain athletes endure on a daily basis. More than anything, I want to help athletes reach their dreams so they don’t have to quit like I did. I plan on graduating from with top grades and getting into a top medical school. I am constantly researching medical schools and establishing my own personal statement so I may attend the medical school that best suits my goals. After my residency, I want to encourage and motivate my patients that dreams do come true but the road isn’t easy. Setbacks and obstacles may get in your way, but staying positive is key. There is always blessing in disguise, and God will never put you through something you can’t handle.