Meet Ellyn, a hard-working, compassionate, and fun-loving twenty-two-year-old. Ellyn has accomplished many obstacles in her life and has learned important life lessons from the difficult experiences in her life. We all have had a significant event in our life that changes the way we think and here is hers:

“Back in 2010 during my freshman year of high school, I tried out for an extremely competitive volleyball club team and unfortunately did not make it. This event was significant in the fact that I had always been on the highest-level team and felt extremely defeated. I decided to stay positive and tryout for a different club, which ended up leading me to incredible coaches and experiences. This experience made me realize that not everything in life will turn out how you want it to and that everything happens for a reason. Joining this club team lead me to a coach who ended up being a mentor in my life and taught me so much more than just the game of volleyball. She taught me to always have confidence in myself and my abilities and to never give up. Throughout the season I was pushed out of my very small comfort zone and given opportunities I will never forget. I truly believe that being a part of that team in 2010 has helped shape me into the person I am today. This event has made such a big difference in my life. I gained incredible leadership skills which lead me to becoming the team captain my Senior year of high school. These skills also allowed me to be a leader all throughout college in many ways and eventually lead me to the position I am in today as the store Supervisor at Bath and Body Works. It’s crazy to think how an experience such as joining a sports team in high school, can make such a difference in the rest of your life. I have noticed a major difference in my level of self-confidence and to be thankful for every opportunity that comes your way. Everything really does happen for a reason and I strive each day to stay positive through the ups and downs that life can throw at you and find that reason. Looking back at this experience, I would change my attitude and mindset about this event. When I found out that I did not make the team I originally tried out for, I was extremely upset. I was so focused on the negatives and was beating myself up for not being good enough. Eventually I switched my train of thought and was able to pick myself up and tryout for a different team, however I wish I was not so hard on myself. In five to ten years I see myself married and with kids, hopefully living in Minnesota in a beautiful home, and of course with a puppy! I see myself volunteering to help coach my kids sports teams and teach them life lessons like my coaches once taught me. I see myself having a stable job and enjoying my weekends off spending time with my family.”

Photo & caption by: Blair Wareham, Dimitra Rothweiler, & Sydney Corbin














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