Dear Future Roommate:
I am writing to you in order to mollify any fears you may have concerning me. I promise I am not the repulsive slob, stoned out freeloader, or psychotic axe murderer of your direst nightmares. I am writing to familiarize you with a personality that may be new or foreign to you. As your future roommate I only hope to foster a friendship that will be beneficial and enjoyable to both parties involved.
This is not my first foray into residential life. The summer of my sophomore year I applied to a leadership program held at Georgetown University that lasted two weeks. I lived in a freshmen dorm with other students'” students that came from around the country with varying backgrounds. Throughout the program, the group did leadership activities, listened to guest speakers, and visited places in Washington D.C. I developed lasting friendships and learned about the interesting endeavors of other teenagers my age.
Interacting with interesting young adults from all over has helped me built strong relationships with my peers at my high school and surrounding high schools. One of the catalysts of these friendships has been athletics. I have played baseball for almost my entire life and at a high level of competition. I began playing competitive travel baseball in middle school. Every summer, the team travels all around Ohio and to surrounding states to play numerous tournaments. I literally play fifty to sixty games in a single summer. It is more than just baseball though. I have spent the majority of my summers with approximately the same group of guys for years'” we come from different schools and experience different things but we share baseball.
One summer, we carpooled down to West Virginia to play in a tournament: a tournament that was widely known and hot spot for college scouts. My friends and I spent hours joking around and talking sports on the drive down. Over a week was spent in the same hotel together goofing around in the lounges, commandeering the swimming pools, and eyeing down rival teams in the hallways. We fancied ourselves like the 1927 Yankees, bashing home-runs and living in stardom like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. When we did find ourselves actually playing baseball, we treated every game like it was our World Series. I pitched in several games, played infield, and hit in the middle of the lineup.
Together, we mowed down many teams from different states with great players, and ended up finishing fifth in a tournament of about fifty top-notch teams. It was an elating and unforgettable experience'” probably the climax my travel baseball career. The team continued to play seriously summer after summer and return to the same tournaments. It was a great deal of baseball, and it was definitely worth it. After this summer each team member will be moving on to a new stage of life; A few of the players on my team received division one baseball scholarships to schools like Ohio State, while others are pursuing baseball at division three schools. If nothing else comes of my experiences in baseball, I will always be connected with them through our boyhood dreams of glory on the sandlot and by our unforgettable summer experiences.
I have found ways to relate to people: interests, sports, or common experiences. Everyone has a unique personality. Mine is to enjoy every experience by building strong relationships. College is the next experience of my life; I look forward to meeting you.
Your Future Roommate