Almost seven weeks ago I was packing up my car getting ready to move 2,000 miles away from home. Everyone kept asking me how I was doing, how I was feeling and I could never quite come up with a word to describe it. I was so excited to finally start a new chapter of my life, so afraid to leave life as I knew it behind, but so ready to finally make this dream of mine come true. When I was nine years old I received my very first UCLA hat and decided that’s where I was going to go to school—it has stuck with me ever since. The first time I was ever on campus was the summer after my freshman year of high school. I came to camp and knew this was the place for me. I instantly felt like I had a connection with the coaching staff and I really knew how special this place was. When the opportunity to be a walk-on at UCLA was presented to me, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I knew what UCLA had to offer me was so special, unique and unlike anywhere else that no amount of money could ever turn me (or my parents) away. I am so lucky to have parents who believe in the power of a dream as much as I do. These past six weeks I have been surrounded by people with such abundant knowledge about the game of basketball who also they care about me deeply and want me to be a great basketball player but an even better person. That’s what makes this program so unique and special to me. I have been working side by side with the most talented group of basketball players I have ever been with in my entire life. But as talented as they are, they are even better people, teammates and friends. I have never worked harder, laughed louder, or loved life more than I have in these past six weeks. This place, these people and everything about this program I get to be a part of are awesome. And I feel like awesome isn’t even a strong enough word to describe how truly incredible it is to be here. Being able to stand along side to learn and get pushed by the very best basketball players and coaches in the country is truly a blessing. We have been faced with some adversity but have responded so well. Not even thirteen million gallons of water could stop our team from getting work done this summer. I am so proud to be a part of this team and I cannot wait to see what the next few months have in store for us. Moving 2,000 miles away from home to come here was the best decision I have ever made in my life.