Before I tell you about my gymnastics career, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. I started gymnastics at eight years old after watching Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin at the Olympics. They were the two gymnasts that inspired me to start artistic gymnastics. Three years after I enrolled in gymnastics, I started competing. Starting competitive gymnastics made me love the sport even more. Though I rarely made it to the podium, I simply enjoyed the atmosphere of competitions. To make a long story short, I faced multiple injuries, took a year off of competitive gymnastics, and lost some skills that I will never regain because my body won’t allow it. Hurting things like your ankle, elbow, knee, back, and neck definitely make it difficult to train. Many people told me it would be easier to quit than trying to regain my skills and strength just to risk getting hurt again. I had too much love for the sport to just quit. Instead of taking the easy way out, I worked hard and conditioned to gain the strength I needed to continue doing what I love. This is why gymnastics has prepared me for the future. Gymnastics has taught me to work hard for what you want no matter how difficult it may be or how many people tell you that you can’t do it. I’m not going to get myself into a career that makes me feel miserable everyday. I’m going to work obtain a career that makes me happy even though it may seem impossible in the beginning.
After high school, I plan to attend James Madison University to major in Hospitality Management. I would also like to attend the Disney College Program. It would be a huge honor to be accepted into this program and work with one of the most well known companies in the world. The Disney College Program will help further my understanding of hospitality management and it will also provide college credit while I’m in Florida for a semester. Once I complete college and earn my degree, I would like to go back to Walt Disney World to work in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, with the goal of becoming the general manager. If I weren’t to work at the Grand Floridian, I would also like to be Walt Disney World’s wedding or event planner.
Being the recipient of the 2018 Plum + Grander Scholarship would be such an honor and a huge help to my education. The money would could be used towards my education at James Madison University or towards the tuition for the Disney College Program. If I were to receive this scholarship, it would ensure that I could attend the Disney College Program if accepted. I would like to thank you again for giving me the amazing opportunity to apply for a scholarship that would benefit my education.