|Club||John Gibson||Fort Wayne Swim Team||Fort Wayne||-|
|High School||John Gibson|
|50yd free||50m free||100yd free||100m free||200yd free||200m free||400m free||500yd free||800m free||1000yd free||1500m free||1650yd free|
|50yd back||50m back||100yd back||100m back||200yd back||200m back|
I have gone back and forth about swimming in college. I truly enjoy the sport, but I don't want my life to be completely centered around it. I am hoping that if I am recruited to swim at a college that I will be encouraged to put my academics first and to pursue my passion of working with special needs children. Financially, swimming in college would allow me to go to a school of my choosing based on academics and field experiences with my degree without the stress of not being able to afford it.
Besides being involved in my school with the following clubs: Ambassadors, Enlightened, and Chargers Fighting Cancer, and being involved in my church through volunteering, I also am passionate about helping the less fortunate in other countries. I have had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In Kenya, I was able to work with orphans that have special needs. This is where I fell in love with the possibility of using my future degree to come back to Kisumu Special Needs facility and run it. Many of the people there have less ability to work with children with special needs and looked to me for insight while I was there. In Haiti, I was able to work with children in the village school. Many of these children come from homes that have little to no money and yet are happy and see their schooling as a privilege. This experience taught me to not take what I have been given for granted. Both of these experiences have given me a perspective on life that many of my peers do not have.
Although swimming is extremely important to me, it is not the most important thing in my life. I work very hard with my academics and strive to maintain a strong GPA, while also taking honors and AP classes.
I am passionate about working with children with special needs. I have worked with the Peer Mentoring program that serves special needs students in my school since I was in 3rd grade. I currently serve in my school with a program called Ambassadors and with my church every week, working with 4-5 year olds who have autism and behavioral needs. I also regularly babysit two boys with autism. Because of being in my second year of ASL, I also have had opportunities to work with the deaf community. This summer, I plan to volunteer with an organization in our city called Turnstone that works specifically with children with disabilities.
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