05/04/2012 08:59 am ET | Updated Jul 04, 2012

How Tough Are You?

Have you ever heard of the saying, "It doesn't matter the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"? Being small, I will definitely agree that size within matters more than the size on the outside. But honestly, when it comes down to it, which one is the more important?

Looking deeper into the idea of toughness and what it means to be a leader, I looked up to one of the greatest role models in NFL history, Vince Lombardi. When it comes to being a leader, one of the points he makes is, "The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders." In less than four months, I will be a college freshman majoring in business management. I want to be known as a businesswoman who gets the job done. I want to show my toughness through my work and leadership and still be able to be a role model for my team members, classmates and professors.

It's scary to change your major to something you're passionate about from something you're good at. Sometimes, though, you have to push yourself. I could have stuck with majoring in sports journalism but when I thought about it more and more, I would rather lead an NFL team (New York Jets) to the Super Bowl than write about them winning the Super Bowl. Even though my teachers tell me over and over again that I can always change my major, I'm not that type of person that would want to change majors in the middle of the school year.

Getting back to the dog quote, people can always talk, but when it comes down to it, will they step up? I am ready to step up and I will be ready to step up when something comes my way during this college process -- the process that I thought would all be over after I submitted my college deposit. But sure enough, I was wrong. I still have the toughness though to get through this whole process.

It is already tough knowing that in just a couple of months, August will be here and it will be time to leave my home, family, friends and the high school that I called my second home. I am ready for the new challenges ahead and I will keep on winning. As Vince Lombardi said, "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"