Brendan, 10

I don’t really feel like myself without academic success. When I was younger, I wasn’t as athletic. There’s basketball and lacrosse – I played those and I was fine, but I wasn’t the best. That kind of made me think since I wasn’t that good at sports, I have to do something academically. So I kind of strive for that. Then, once I got into cross country and track – because you know, they’re not a big sport, I got a lot better. My brother was very athletic and then my sister, she was very smart. So I kind of need to do both. Since I’m the youngest, it can be good, but having the stress to look up to your brother and sister can be hard because they both went to college and they both played sports. It makes me feel like since they did that, I have to do something like that.