Work. Work. Work. But never a work…out. This was my mindset during my underclassman years of high school. I had to get into a top tier college; that was the only goal on my mind. Forget getting fit, forget getting that summer body. I didn’t want to disappoint my parents and most of all disappoint myself. So that’s what I did; I took school seriously…a little too seriously. It turns out I didn’t need to be scared about disappointing anyone with my academic performance. All I needed was to have an asthma attack one summer day when playing soccer with my friends to realize that physical health was just as important as academic performance.
My upperclassman years of high school consisted of cross country and track and field where I met some of the closest friends I’ve ever had. My drive to get fit continued when I when I got into UC Berkeley, my dream school. In college, I lifted weights regularly with my roommates and during my second semester of Freshman year I found a new sport to push myself even further physically: I joined Cal Dragonboat. And this is where I am today, constantly pushing myself, constantly improving my body so I can give even more during my Dragonboat races. I’m excited for what the future has in store for me; my fitness journey isn’t over, it’s only just begun.