Business major and soccer player at the University of Chester from Discovery Bay, CA
"Joining to UDA straight after high school was a big jump coming from a small town in California. I tried out for soccer in Phoenix, Arizona when I got an email about one of the trials. My mom and I decided this would be a great opportunity so we decided to drive 11 hours to Phoenix.
I felt like those at UDA would take good care of me, and they did. My first year was amazing, and our best time on the pitch was the second year as everybody got better and we had some really good performances.
The situation during the pandemic was less than ideal, and almost all of us went home when COVID broke out last year. UDA was on course to win the Northwest when the season had to be cut short, which was a bummer. But the staff was really helpful in letting us know whether it was a good idea or not for us to go home.
When we got back, we had a great couple months training but we had to wrap up again around November. The worst lockdown has been the third one, this January to March because we couldn't get to play — I have not seen a lot of my teammates since November. But we have now started training again so it's great to see my teammates."