Graduation season has arrived! Whether you are progressing in grammar school, or jet setting off to college, your elevation process has begun. It is important to elevate yourself and continue to grow as an individual. Life is about going all in, casting your doubts to the wayside, and believing in yourself enough to achieve your dreams; knowing how to strategically accomplish what you want in life and becoming your own coach and pushing yourself to be the best at whatever your craft is. I found this to be poignantly shown in a young multi-talented 11th grade Arcadia High School golf prodigy named Natea Cooke who was once coached by late great Pasadena resident Reggie Bedney. I sat down with Natea one sunny afternoon, check out the interview below!
CJ: So Natea, how did you become interested in golf?
NC: I started with my father and it was not that easy at first, but I progressively got better. I am always motivated to succeed. I don't like to lose at anything.
CJ: Yes, golf can be a hard sport, what would you say is the key to being successful in golf?
NC: You must be determined and stay dedicated, but aside from that you can't depend on your eye to tell you what is right or wrong so having a good trainer is also important along with decent equipment. I learned so much about form and keeping your eye on the golf ball from my original coach Mel Glover.
CJ: Well it's all in the details; what is your handicap and what are your long term goals for golf?
NC: My handicap is 5 and my dream is to join the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association).
CJ: That is so inspiring, what are some short term goals for golf?
NC: A short term goal would be to win Arcadia High's CIF Championship.
CJ: I truly applaud your ambitious attitude, and know that you will go far. Who would you say is your support system?
NC: My mother, father, and older siblings always make sure I keep practicing and stay diligent. If you love what you do, it isn't work.
CJ: That is wonderful Natea; do you have any college plans?
NC: I would like to continue with golf and perhaps study music in college.
CJ: How do you plan to give back to the community?
NC: I thoroughly enjoy volunteering and am giving back even today with a foundation I am apart of called M.O.S.T.E. (Motivating Our Students Through Experience) by mentoring girls, and distributing food to underprivileged youth. I also teach golf to youth as well. It is important to be thankful for what you have. You aren't too young to help out someone else.
Jam 4 the Month: The Wire by Haim
This song by Pop/Rock girl group Haim may be a quirky love song but presents an important message: Communication is key; and to succeed in anything decide, then commit to your decision.
By Building Confidence in others, you Build Confidence in Yourself.
XO Pioneers, Chelsea J.
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