I tried out for the High School basketball team the summer of my sophomore year. Up to then I had never played basketball in my life. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know anything about basketball. I just woke up one day and thought to myself, “I think I want to play basketball”. So I tried out. The team roster was printed out on the boy’s gym door 3 days after tryouts. So, I casually walked up to the list, and skimmed through it, and to my pleasant surprise, my name was on the roster! I was extremely happy, because I didn’t think I would make it. I knew I actually had a chance of being good at it. And I wanted that more than anything else. I started practice with the team that summer. It was no surprise that I had never played before and didn’t know anything about basketball. The whole team and the coach all noticed that they had their work cut out for themselves. But, I was determined to be good at everything I did, and since I played basketball, I wanted to be good at it. I tried and tried, but kept failing at what I wanted to achieve. I just couldn’t seem to get it. Basketball is an extremely hard sport. A lot harder than what I had expected it to be, at first. You have to be in some of the best shape you’ll ever be in your life. There is a TON of running. You have to work hard every day in and out of practice and games, otherwise, you won’t be as good as you want to be, and may or may not get to play. You have to study and practice all your plays and know them. You have to have utmost respect for your coach, teammates, and opponents. Basketball is a sport full of effort, dedication, and character. If all the conditioning and learning the game wasn’t enough, I had to put up with the seniors. They seemed to be some of the biggest jerks. Always telling me what to do, and what I need to work on. Even stuff that had nothing to do with basketball! It made me so mad. I had to just keep my mouth shut and push through it, though. Thank God I did, because I’m actually pretty good friends with them now! And, I actually learned from what they told me! I would’ve never thought at the time that what they were saying would actually help me. I just endured through it, and it paid off in the end! Over time, I slowly started to pick up the game. I started learning my positions and the ins and outs of the game. I worked hard and it starting paying off. I could definitely see results. Everything that we were doing as a team was finally starting to pay off. I slowly got better and better. I finally got to the level where I could compete. That was only a year and a half ago. Now, I’m a junior in High School. I start on the varsity high school basketball team. And if I can say this without sounding too prideful, I’ve gotten pretty good! I mean, after all, I am six-three and can dunk a basketball now. I’m
Prof. J. Langolis
February 13th, 2015
Will a major basketball injury stop Deanna Johnson?
It’s said that everyone has a story and that’s true— but the story of Deanna Johnson
stands as one of the simplest yet inspiring ones that shine through the pool. Originally from
Corona, she is currently a junior here, at Loyola Marymount University. Not only is she a
Basketball player but also a Sociology major. This can not an easy job, especially because of an
Summary of Plato, The allegory of the Cave
As I read The Allegory of the Cave you can compare it to things that we go through as adults. As our lives progress over year, our upbringing can dictate for how we ultimately live our lives. It can mean that your family pronounced a word a certain way, that mean you may very well pronounce the word the same way. After getting feedback from classmates and analyzing this piece, I realize that Socrates messages were simple. Socrates way of thinking made…
Professor Matt Tortora
September 29, 2010
Dreams from My Father
There are many barriers one must overcome, and to accomplish this, one must find their distinctiveness and take a key role in the community. Throughout the novel, Dreams from my Father by our current president Barrack Obama, Barrack demonstrates the true meaning of being an individual. He is highly active in his community, despite the fact that he is part of the black community. The economic, social, and…
Drugs and Behavior
Within Hollywood’s movies depiction of drug addiction, many have failed to represent all true aspects that come along with such lifestyles. The movie, The Basketball Diaries, is based off a novel Jim Carroll wrote from his own diary entries. As a teenager growing up in the sixties, Carroll reveals his progression of drug abuse which eventually leads him addicted to heroin.Heroin is a white powder derived from morphine found in opium. It is commonly prescribed…
In my ninth grade year I thought that everything would be a breeze. I was completely lost the first three weeks of school. When I saw how much freedom I had being in high school, I was too excited. It was so much to be in and be a part of. I immediately wanted to join things, but I knew that I had to stay focus. High school is so easy to get off track, that if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing, and stays organize, you will fall in a whole.
My freshman year I joined…
based on a true story
is a great example of a person who is stereotyped as someone who is dumb
and only knows violence. In a scene where Michael’s principal, teachers, and football coach are
gathered around a table they discuss the academic progress of Michael. They start out by
discussing his 0.6 GPA and how he doesn’t listen to his teachers and chooses not to take quizzes.
As they dive deeper into his records, they believe that he won’t be successful at school due to his
year, I received a Dell desktop computer that my parents allowed me to have in my room. It was black and had a flat screen. Now, I have a MacBook Pro. Looking back, it is compelling to see how far the computer has come and how many different models and designs there currently are. Seeing as there was a time when there was no such thing as a laptop, the need for portability and accessibility has definitely taken the computer to the next level.
Growing up my dad was always into video games and electronics…
look further into this issue and make an attempt to help athletes. My first reason on why I think college athletes should get paid is because college athletes sacrifice their time and their bodies in the same way professional athletes do, but instead of getting paid millions we get paid $0. My second reason on why college athletes should get paid is because unlike other students, the NCAA doesn’t allow us to work a job and earn money. My third and final reason on why I believe college athletes should…
past with current engagements to forge a successful future. My progression into adulthood is a transformation from the stages of unexpected consequences to a new life of possibilities and challenges. When I looked back at the last time I saw my childhood friend, my experience growing up with him inspires me to do more for myself and my community. The entire scenario impels my enthusiasm toward the need to not just explore knowledge through an advanced academic discipline but embrace relevant communal…
to write about what I think social justice is, I panicked.
The topic sounded complicated, I envisioned all kinds of “legalese” and I immediately felt that maybe going back to university at age 43 was unrealistic and I was in over my head. If I couldn’t conjure up in my head a general definition of what social justice encompasses, not even a rudimentary premise at its most primitive, did I even deserve to be here?
I put this assignment off because in all honesty, I couldn’t answer. Finally today…