Yasmin Ahooja: making and achieving goals


Adoley Swaniker

Junior, Yasmin Ahooja, sets up to take a practice shot. Yasmin plays outside midfield and has played on the varsity team since she was a freshman.

Olivia Easterbrook, Writer

For some, soccer is just one of the many recreational sports seen on the TV screen, but for junior Yasmin Ahooja, it is a lifestyle. Ahooja has set goals, not only on the field, but for her school work as well.

“I like soccer because it helps me to set goals for myself and once I achieve them, I aim higher,” Ahooja said. “Soccer has helped me in so many ways. Many people don’t realize the game relates to many real life situations.”

At the age of four, Ahooja started her soccer career and continues to enjoy the sport.

“I have been playing soccer for about 12 years, and I’ve loved it ever since,” Ahooja said.

Playing a competitive sport and taking advanced classes is something not many people can balance, but with hard work, Ahooja makes time to do both successfully.

“Playing soccer at a competitive level while maintaining your grades can be very challenging,” Ahooja said. “I’m often up ridiculously late at night finishing homework and projects, but I continue to tell myself that everything will pay off in the end.”

Ahooja has played multiple positions in soccer over the course of 12 years, which helps her understand the needed speed and agility on the field.

“I play left forward for San Diego Surf and center-mid for the CalSouth Olympic development program,” Ahooja said. “I have played for the varsity soccer team at the school since my freshman year as a mid-fielder.”

Already playing at a competitive and high school level, Ahooja is determined to play soccer in college as well.

“I do plan on playing division one in college,” Ahooja said. “I’ve had offers from some schools since I was a freshman, but I have always believed that it’s best to take your time and make the right decision. I know I’ve changed a lot since my freshman year.”

In order for people to achieve their goals, they have to push themselves like Ahooja has to see their efforts pay off.

“If you work your hardest now, you set yourself up for the rest of your life,” Ahooja said. “Your future is what you make of it.”