How Does Basketball Change My Life

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With no time left on the clock, my heart was pounding. The chaotic shouting from the crowd was all I could hear. Non-stop I listened to everyone in the gymnasium say “take your time” or “you can do it Sara”. This was the start of my junior year of basketball that has completely changed my life for the better.
The suspense in the gymnasium was palpable as I slowly stepped up to the free throw line with zero seconds remaining on the clock. At this point, all eyes were on me. Confidence is a big aspect in my life that I’ve always lacked. Maybe it is because I am a middle child, maybe it is because I am scared of failure, or maybe it is because I am not good under pressure, however, with everyone staring down at me as I stood on the line that day, has most definitely altered me. Formerly, my confidence was as low as fog, but as a result my confidence level has skyrocketed. Possessing confidence has allowed me to do specific things that I never imagined I could do. For instance, I participate in sports with all that I have, regardless of the outcome. Along with that, I have maintained high grades throughout high school. Thanks to that basketball game, I now generally choose actions that will not only benefit me but the whole group. Being confident,
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You might not think basketball could help me academically; but it has. Leading up to this basketball game, academically, I was quite different than who I am today. Prior to this game, I did little talking to people that intimidated me, such as teachers, mostly I was just shy. However, after speaking with so many people that I did not know following the game, it has all changed. From that point on, I was brave and unafraid to communicate with teachers. The abundance of communication I have had with my teachers in the years since has really affected my attitudes towards classes, test and homework. I am less neurotic and much more comfortable with

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