Pepperdine | Compete with Purpose – Chapter Two

Pepperdine | Compete with Purpose – Chapter Two


(gentle piano music) – I’m from Manhattan
Beach, so beach volleyball is a part of the culture there. My parents actually met
playing at Rosecrans, and ever since I was little it’s kind of just been
something around me. About halfway through high school, I decided that beach
volleyball was something I wanted to play and compete in throughout my collegiate career and Pepperdine ultimately
was my dream school, and when I was offered a spot on the team, I immediately took it. I really think that God had a plan for me attending here whether I knew it or not. I was raised Catholic. I never found a connection to God but my freshman year I found God again and really built a relationship with Him due to the community here
at Pepperdine and in Malibu. Since then I’ve been baptized
at Zuma Beach near Trancas and I could don’t even
have words to describe how thankful I am that
Pepperdine has been able to give me this opportunity
and community to find Him. We barely lost in the
championship final last year and unfortunately it didn’t go our way. So I ended up going home and watching the recording of the final match, just to rip off the Band-Aid and enter into a summer
season with a full focus. It is hard to control the unknowns of what’s gonna happen in that match, whether a ball hits the
line or hits the tape, few of those did happen last year and, I’ve always found my
identity in the success, whether I could get that next award, that next ranking, that next place, but slowly over the
years I’ve realized that as a Christian and a child of God that that’s not the purpose
why I’ve been able to have this opportunity to compete. Success isn’t defined
by the wins and losses, it’s by the ups and downs
and what journey you’re able to take throughout the process. It is challenging to embrace
that value of identity being in Christ but it’s
a challenge every day. I don’t think I’m the only Christian that has to deal with that but I realized as I step back that the ups and downs are what gonna make me a
better person in general, not just a better athlete. I think that there’s a huge component within the competitive environment to have some mental training and my mental training is taking a break from the pressure of the
intensity of the sport. Malibu is a little bit
slower of a community, and the fact that it’s
not very crowded then, not too much traffic compared to L.A., and the fact that it’s
so, I guess you could say, breathable, with the
environment around it. There’s so much land, open space, and the beach right, right here. So it lets you take a
step back and realize how beautiful it is to be where we are and the fact that we get to
play on the actual beach, it’s breathtaking that we get
this opportunity every day. When I leave Pepperdine I want my legacy to be a person that encompasses
the Pepperdine mission. Competing with purpose. I just want to embrace
the Christian morals and values that guide you in life and that I hope to leave a legacy that, you know, that I’m
a leader in that aspect. Being in fellowship with
other Christians at Pepperdine has allowed me to speak to God and hear Him and see
what His plan is for me. It is hard to, for me, to see the unknown and trust that He’s got a hold on that. I’m starting to see
that some of the makeup of what He has put in my life
early on and what recently I’ve been able to take
advantage of and opportunities. There is something starting
to form of the fact that He does have a plan for me. (piano notes fading)

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