I started playing volleyball when I was 12 yo. I was very nervous and intimidated by the other players that I watched playing in the class. My parents just encouraged me to try and learn the best I could. After my first few classes I picked up on skills and the game itself. My parents kept telling me that "I was a natural volleyball player and picked up on the game very quickly." I was very shy when I first started and feel like through the years of me playing with a team has helped me become a little more outgoing. I also feel like joining volleyball has helped me enjoy playing a team sport. I played basketball and was decent at it but it was a little too much contact/physical for me. I have made new friends playing volleyball that I still hang out with today. Along with learning new skills, like serving, spiking and bumping has made me use new muscles. I enjoyed critiquing and improving my skills in the cul-de-sac of our house with my family. The thing I loved most of all was spiking the ball hard at my sister and she would shriek and try to deflect my spikes toward her. I also loved serving over her head so she would have to run and fetch the volleyball. So long story short, volleyball has made me become more outgoing, enjoy playing a sport I like, helped me make new friends, and learning/perfecting volleyball skills.