One Athlete’s Solution to Stress

February 21st, 2014 | By Gary No Comments


If you were to look at Taylor Andrew’s schedule, you might think that she is an over-achiever who is always on the go. A junior at Oconee High school, Taylor is nearing the end of her varsity basketball season and will go straight into the varsity soccer season, during which she is often a leading scorer. When the varsity soccer season finishes, she will rejoin her club soccer team to begin preparing through the summer for their fall season. She plays for the Gwinnett Soccer Association on their top travel team, practicing in Lilburn and playing all over the state and beyond. In between practices, games, and travel, Taylor is studying hard to keep up her straight As. She is an honors student and one of the top students in her class. As an officer for Beta Club, Taylor also really enjoys working on service projects with organizations like Butterfly Dreams, and she is hoping to travel to Europe this summer as a People to People Student Ambassador.

Not all teenagers could keep up a schedule like this, but one thing that helps make it work for Taylor is soccer itself. Soccer has always been her primary sport; she has played since she was five years old. Besides her love for the game and the great physical exercise it provides, Taylor finds soccer to be a great stress reliever. “It provides a place where I can have fun and be myself,” says Taylor. “Because it requires a lot of concentration, I don’t think about anything else. It reduces my stress and gets my mind off of school and other stresses.” Taylor would really like to play soccer for a college or university that has strong academics and a great travel abroad program. She seems to be well on her way to meeting her goal!

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