In the Life of a Fish: Jessica Rodriguez
October 2, 2008
Senior Jessica Rodriguez shares with readers what it's like to be a four-year student-athlete at Palm Beach Atlantic. A mid-fielder and a West Palm Beach native, "J-Rod" as her teammates call her, is an integral part of the Sailfish offense over the past few seasons and continues to lead by example.
Hello, My name is Jessica Rodriguez and I’m from West Palm Beach. This is my fourth year at PBA as a student and an athlete. Looking back at my college experience I can say that I’m not the same person I was from freshman year. When I was looking for colleges PBA wasn’t at the top of my list, but I can truly say that coming here was the best decision of my life. It was through the PBA community that I came to know God and had a life changing experience. My teammates have had a tremendous influence on who I am today as a player and a person, they have challenged me in my faith and helped me grow.
I can truly say that in all the years I’ve been involved in athletics this team has been like no other. I cherish each and every one of my teammates because throughout all the challenges and hardships each one of them has played an important role. From Kuhn challenging me to become a better player at practice to Regin encouraging me in my walk with the Lord.
This season victory has not been defined by wins or loses but by how adversity has brought us together. In our second game against Barry I witnessed how we’ve grown not only as individuals but most importantly as a team. After losing 5-0 in the first game I’m sure that others expectations weren’t high the second time around. As a team we had a positive mindset and it showed as soon as we stepped on the field and played with heart and to our strengths. Even though we didn’t come out with a win we still held up a fight and scored three goals against a strong Division II team. Although we lost 4-3 as I walked off that field I felt we were successful and in my mind there is no doubt we will rise above the struggles.
As coach said during devotion the other day, “ The game is never easy, but the struggles you go through are always worth it, and in the end it makes everything so much greater, including our faith.” I believe God has a purpose for us this year and regardless of the wins or loses he is shaping us through the challenges we face and in the end we will be successful by becoming stronger as a team.
“Don’t have faith in what you can do, but look heavenly and have faith in what God can do through you.”
So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.