Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
This was a giant challenge that wasn’t there for that day only. I would solve it and it would come back again over the next three years. During this time of major struggles, many thoughts ran through my head, even wondering whether I wanted to even pick up a baseball again. I knew in the back of my head that I needed to work on this challenge. There were outings I had where I would throw and not make it out of the first inning and other times I would throw a complete game shut-out. It was confusing and I needed to figure out how to stay on the positive side while the negative side kept coming back. I was struggling with this case of the “yips” for a very long time and last winter, in 2018, I decided to just stop throwing until the start of high school season began in March 2019. I was about to take this adversity head on, directly into the spotlight.
During that time off, I focused on my classwork while also working out 4 times a week, but I did not throw. When the time came around to start throwing again, I knew I needed to focus on basics and just not overthink. Through the high school season it came back a little, but I knew I was starting to overcome it.
Tommy from New Jersey
High School Senior
Audubon Jr./Sr. High School