KRISTEN KJELLMAN MARSHALL
My leadership moment was at a time when I was simply trying to ‘blend in’ on the varsity lacrosse team at Northwestern University. It was my freshman year, so I had many upperclassmen to look up to as leaders. In my mind at the time, underclassmen weren’t meant to take on leadership roles. I had generally been the type of person who wasn’t super vocal, but always tried to set a good example. I worked extremely hard to improve my game and put in extra time, which led me to my defining leadership moment.
It was a few games into that freshman season and I was getting considerable playing time. My confidence was rising, but I still reassured myself that I was only a freshman and to ‘know my role.’ In an evenly matched game against UConn, I noticed a need for someone to step up. I got a wave of confidence, which I believe was a result of the hard work I had been putting in. I felt I could raise my game to another level and bring my teammates with me. After scoring 8 goals and contributing all over the field, I felt I led and inspired my teammates. Even though I was only a freshman, I was proud and humbled to play a leadership role on the team.