This piece of clothing holds many endearing memories of journeys in high school. This was the varsity tennis uniform I wore to tournaments and meets. There were many struggles and successes that I experienced while wearing this particular piece of clothing. It carries the crest of Marquette University High School, AMDG. The first time I wore this shirt was our first meet against our rival Mequon High School. I was nervous since it was freshman year and I had barely made the cut for the team. The team was tremendously competitive and highly regarded throughout the state and the Midwest. I was nervous in that I wanted to prove that I belonged on the team, but also to maintain the team’s dignity and status as a dominating force in tennis. The match went smoothly as I had gained my first victory of the season while representing my high school. I had feelings of relief and also of joy in that I was able to carry out the AMDG mission and also compete in an admirable fashion. After every meet and tournament, our team had a tradition of going out to eat and with my uniform worn I would get all sorts of foods on it. Our favorite stops were Culvers and Cheesecake Factory. It was a time of bonding and of celebration. It was the first time I had felt such a strong feeling of comradery. My teammates all wore the same uniform as I and it was like we were one big family. Everyone all feeling the same joys of victory and at times the same agony of defeat. However, it was our unity that would carry us far beyond any other team. We worked as a unit all under the mission AMDG, the Jesuit school’s mission of faith and scholarship. My first struggle that I had to endure with this uniform was our first defeat of the season when I had just joined the team. We had placed second in a multi-team tournament in Illinois, losing to New Trier High School. The team and I were in shambles as we had hoped to reclaim the title in Illinois as it had long been out of our reach due to the highly ranked players and teams that resided in Illinois. We all sat in the van on the way home silent, no words, no small talk. I could hear the wind blowing everywhere around us and all I saw in the eyes of my teammates was the sight of frustration. It was at this moment that I took my first step as becoming a true teammate. I yelled at the top of my lungs saying that we are Marquette, and from then I saw once again the shine of the uniforms and the eyes of my teammates lighting with fire. We were able to instill that will to fight on, as teammates to the bitter end. We weren’t going to let one setback take us all the way down. From this defeat we left the rest of the season undefeated. This shirt has seen me mature from the timid and uncertain freshman to the well-mannered and matured tennis player that I am today. I matured not only on the tennis court but also off it, and I did so through the wearing of this uniform and that every time I had put on this uniform I was mentally and physically at the top of my game. This shirt defined a period of my life where I gained the experience of team work and of real life competition, which one does not have to do everything by themselves, that we always have friends and family to get us through those tough times.