Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Tara Schumal
Keeping one foot in front of the other, her main focus is past the average goal and sidelines.
For Taylar Tramil, it’s about moving forward.
An incoming junior at Phoenix Military Academy in Chicago, Tramil, spends her free time writing stories.
She currently has three stories finished.
Aside from a few friends, her stories are left unread from the public while collecting dust in her room.
“I love how you can express your thoughts and opinions when it comes to writing,” Tramil said. “The only bad thing about it is that I know what I’m going to say, I just can’t get my words out.”
But it’s more than writing and a name that keeps her moving forward.
Playing soccer ever since she was little, Tramil’s main focus is the teamwork aspect of it all.
Knowing that she isn’t the only one in charge of the ball during game time keeps her working well with her teammates.
“It’s all about the teamwork,” Tramil said. “You share the responsibility of sharing one ball. Everyone needs everyone.”
Trying out her freshman year for the soccer team, Tramil didn’t have it easy.
As the only African American on an all-Hispanic team, Tramil was doubted from the beginning.
“Everyone doubted me at first to the point where I started doubting myself. A few of the seniors even picked on me to the point where I came home upset after every day,” she said.
After claiming the forward spot and continuing to play, Tramil was one of the fastest players on her team. It was then that she came up on top with the confidence to ignore certain teammate’s thoughts.
“My dad was very proud of me by then,” she said. “He was always asking about it and being supportive.”
A few of her friends, teammates, and coaches even helped her along the way to grow tougher and stronger.
“The key thing would be to never give up and just be yourself. At the end of the day, you want to be happy and please yourself,” Tramil said.