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I have been competitive in everything I’ve done since I was a little kid. When I played sports, all I wanted to do was win. While my teammates were out there to have fun and socialize after games, I would only be happy if we annihilated the other team. My mother thinks this came from my father, who in a sense, “brainwashed” me into becoming a Boston super fan. The only thing that makes me more upset than losing a game, is watching one of my teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins) lose a game. Luckily, I have been blessed with such great teams, as they are considered to be the City of Champions. By the time I was just nine years old, I had already witnessed three super bowls, one World Series, and a Stanley Cup, NBA title, and two more World Series were only a few years away. Yes, I am spoiled.
Having been born and raised in Southern California has only enhanced my competitive nature as I live amongst enemy fans. The Lakers-Celtics rivalry taught me how to argue against the most biased fans in sports (aside from New York, of course). My parents always thought I would be a lawyer when I grew up because I enjoyed nothing more than engaging in a heated argument with an opposing fan to prove why my teams were better. The Red Sox could be 20 games out of the playoffs and I will still have the last word on why they are better than the 27-time World Series champions, the New York Yankees.
Tom Brady is my hero and idol. All he wants to do is win, and he always feels like he has something to prove. This is how I like to approach everything I do, whether it is taking a test to fighting with 10 guys who think they know more about sports than I do. My mom always jokes to my dad saying, “you created a monster.” Although he has influenced my beliefs and how I look at life, I think my competitive nature has been in me all along.
Being from California, the only reason I heard about Rutgers was because of the Patriots. The year I was looking at schools, 2013, was the same year eight Rutgers football players were drafted by the Pats. For those that know anything about the NFL, that is the most one team has drafted from a single school. I had to know what this amazing college was that Bill Belichick was obsessed with. Long story short, I took the bus tour hosted by the Scarlet Ambassadors (I am one now) and was hooked. The most scared I’ve been in my life turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Four years later and I am the one giving tours, telling my story on why I chose to attend the best university in the world.