A Girl in a Boy World by Olivia O.

Throughout my life I have had various setbacks, challenges, and failures. They have all taught me very valuable lessons and I often refer back to them when doubting myself.  An important setback in my life was when I wanted to play baseball with the boys. It is a very special experience to me because I overcame it and it had a tremendous impact on who I am today.  

   Growing up I have always had a passion for the sport baseball. I loved to watch baseball but I loved playing baseball with my dad even more. I decided that I wanted to pursue baseball more than just watching it and playing with my dad. I wanted to play on a team. However because I am a girl, I was “supposed” to play softball rather than baseball; so I reluctantly played softball for one season. Playing softball made me want to play baseball even more than before; it made me extremely determined to work hard and be able to compete with the boys. I knew that being a girl was a major disadvantage in the sport of baseball. I knew if I wanted to get a tryout I had to work harder than the boys. During that offseason I worked hard and practiced every chance I got. The next season the league administrators saw my hard work and gave me a chance to tryout. At the tryouts I was given many strange looks. Although this was distracting I ignored everything and focused on putting my hard work to work. My hard work paid off and a week later I received a call telling me that I made the baseball team! Throughout the season I had to continue to work hard at home because although I was on the team I had to compete for playing time against the boys. I went home after practice and practiced more on my own. I practiced after games and any day we did not have a game or practice I was practicing for hours on my own. Not only did I practice on the field but I also researched and watched videos on how to improve my game. My coach saw my determination and hard work and I was rewarded with an extensive amount of playing time. My team later went on to win 1st place in the league.

   This experience had a tremendous impact on who I am today. It taught me that you can do anything you set your mind to. I have grown into a stronger, more determined, and more confident individual because I know I can do anything I set my mind to. I continue to look back at this experience throughout my life whenever I doubt myself. I know this experience will continue to positively impact my life.


One response to “A Girl in a Boy World by Olivia O.

  1. Good for you! I can remember being in a capstone management class in college in which the guys were absorbing all the air. As the class went on, I figured out that they actually weren’t more prepared or even AS prepared as I was. I made sure that I was just as vocal – and would even call them out when they were BSing. They amped their game as did I. It made my experience better, but also the whole class became more engaged. It just takes that spark – thank you for having been a spark in your athletic program.

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