Soccer Was My Passion, Soccer Was My Downfall

Soccer Was My Passion, Soccer Was My Downfall

Soccer grabbed me by the collar and gave me no choice but to dedicate 15 years only to love and live every moment of it.

People often do something they enjoy because it creates a short-term happiness that is numbing and repetitive but very few venture into something they are passionate about regardless of risks and budget. At a young age, I crossed paths with something that called me by name and entered my life in a blink of an eye.

Soccer was my passion; it filled the hiatus that a young athlete dreams of.

My life with soccer is far from being over, even after my retirement from three knee surgeries, and continues to be a treasured passion of mine.

My first team was named the “Varmints” and was coached by my Dad. Even at four years old, so much pressure was already on me. The coach’s son cannot be the worst player or you’ll basically be a family embarrassment. This mental picture motivated me to score goal after goal and zip past opponents to steal the ball and outperform my fellow teammates.

This newly discovered skill only grabbed more and more of my attention that led to several more years of soccer. I remember making a lot of friends from soccer because nearly everyone from my school district joined a team.

From then, only the biggest and brightest soccer players took their talents to a whole new level.

It wasn’t until the age of 9 when I started playing competitive soccer. North Texas is extremely prominent in youth soccer so I was put in my place almost instantly. No more scrappy teams with fat goalkeepers and uncoordinated defenders; every team played to win.

I played for many different clubs like ASG, River Plate, Andromeda, and Liverpool but my most impactful seasons were with a club called AYSES. Its acronym means “Advanced Youth Soccer Educational System” and it very much was. We were the 7th best team in North Texas and competed in prestigious tournaments swarming with college scouts. I was given a new position and was expected to perform my job at the highest level with the maximum amount of effort.

Struggling was normal but not tolerable; my coach was a knowledgeable player and experienced teacher so his observation meant the world to me. AYSES was a remedy for me and wanted to reach my senior year with five seasons as a member.

My career abruptly ended after tearing my ACL my junior year of high school during a critical game in our schedule. The mix of disbelief and pain was the toughest pill I’ve had to swallow. I distinctly remember the recovery process. It was exhausting and expensive but I was recovering so I could play again.

After six optimistic months of physical therapy, I stepped foot on the pitch and within minutes I ironically took a step backward by tearing my scar tissue and medial meniscus. My third surgery also came from soccer and re-tear of my ACL.

Soccer was ultimately my downfall, which was not expected but apparently inevitable.

I refused to give up soccer initially but saw the logic is retiring my broken knee in the name of trauma.

However, to this day I watch plenty of live soccer and always watch highlights from my favorite teams and collect their jerseys. I also avidly play FIFA with my friends and log almost 200 games in a year. My passion hasn’t stumbled even when I have and serves as a monumental part of my life that takes credit for how I learned to work hard and why it means so much to me and billions of other people.

So if you played soccer and a jersey with the number 11 got the best of you, chances are you’ve crossed paths with no other than the author himself.

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10 Reasons You Shouldn't Skip Class Today

9. You're taking advantage of an education that many would love to have.

Trust me, I get it. Getting enough sleep is important. Studying for an upcoming exam is crucial. Okay, maybe you don't feel well. I totally understand these reasons for skipping class, it happens sometimes. Key word = sometimes. But honestly, we shouldn't even be skipping class sometimes. We should find a good spot between seldom and never in our absences from our classes.

Ugh, I know, it's difficult- your professor might be a little slow, there may not be anything important scheduled on the syllabus, or the class might just be outright boring. Yet these should not hold you back from your education and making constant absences a habit. Make it a priority to go to class despite what are often insignificant excuses you create in your head that prevent you from going.

If a serious issue like an illness arises, obviously that should hold you back from going. But take a nap in your free time and schedule time at the library for your studying rather than allowing these justifications to control you from not going to class. Disregard your dissatisfaction for the class, no matter what the reasoning may be, and just go. Here's why:

1. It can become a habit

Once you realize how fun it might be to not go to class, you'll think it's reasonable to do it again in the future, and again, and again. But you're just setting yourself up for a terrible routine where you come up with the littlest excuses to skip classes. Take your classes seriously and don't get sucked into a hole that'll be difficult to get out of.

2. You're practically throwing money away

This is pretty obvious, but many don't consider it. Remember how much your parents pay for school before you consider skipping class. Try to do the math behind it. Be grateful for the money they put towards your education by putting it to good use.

3. You're missing potentially important information

What if your professor is cancelling a future class? Your test got cancelled? You have a new paper due by the end of the week? You wouldn't know any of these things if you miss your class, and it would be pretty embarrassing if you showed up to that future class, studied for that cancelled test or didn't know about that paper. Gain some FOMO to motivate you.

4. Your professor won't have a favorable impression of you

When you're in need of a letter of recommendation, you can't even consider going to the professors of the classes you constantly skipped because what would they have to say about you? Don't let your professor embrace the rage of Ross Geller- get on your teacher's good side and just go to class.

5. Your grade might be impacted

If the syllabus has attendance as a pretty great portion of your grade, skipping class will have a nasty effect on your final grade. Plus, if you're on a borderline between two grades and want to persuade your professor to give you the higher of the two, they won't be so convinced to give it to you. Become a prompt student and watch your GPA grow.

6. You'll have to make up all of that work, anyway...

When you skip class, you're not skipping the notes and homework that comes with it. It will haunt you and you know it.

7. ...and will have to teach yourself the material

You know your professor won't reteach it to you in their office hours. And nobody in your class can teach, what might be difficult, material like your professor can. You might as well go.

8. That boring lecture might just be advantageous

You might be in a class that goes towards your major, or is just beneficial overall. You might be learning something that will really help you in the future or even your career, and it would be a shame to choose a nap over that.

9. You're taking advantage of an education that many would love to have

Not everybody gets to go to college like you do. Not everybody can say they learn new (and often interesting things) everyday. Not everybody has the opportunities that you have, so don't take advantage of them. There are so many people who would do anything to be in your position. Don't take that for granted!

10. You're just worsening your time management skills

When you skip class, you are proving that there are more important things than your classes, which is kind of ironic, because isn't that why you go to school in the first place? Missing class means you're giving into an unnecessary event that shouldn't be above your education. Make a checklist, plan your time, and get everything done around your class times, not during them.

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