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More Than Just a Game

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When I was 5 or 6, I played soccer for the first time. In a school playground, I found a soccer ball lying on a patch of dirt and started kicking it away from me, then running to retrieve it. I thought I was alone, but a few minutes later an older boy with ginger […]

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Dancing With the Bollywood Stars 

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In the 4th grade, I attended a Bollywood dance class for the first time. My mom had signed me up, and the goal was for me to do something outside of my school and home life. “Physical activity is good for you! It’s good to have outside activities,” she would say.  To my surprise, class […]

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Don’t Call Me Jeremy Lin

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My team and I had just arrived at our away game, one of many we played in the New York-New Jersey area. We were in the locker room. “Hurry up and change. Be on the court in five minutes to warm up and stretch,” said our coach. My teammates and I quickly changed into our […]

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MY FIRST TIME: Playing Soccer

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In the 6th grade, I was known as the smart girl—the girl who got the highest GPA each semester. I wasn’t content with earning grades lower than 90. My classmates would joke around that I was a workaholic and that even when I got 100 on a test, I’d still try to solve an extra […]

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