Melissa Tanaka, Oiselle athlete, reflects on her journey from uncertain beginnings to success. She shares her experience of joining the University of Pennsylvania's track team by chance and eventually thriving, despite initial injuries. Melissa's resilience, support from teammates, and self-compassion helped her achieve remarkable victories at Stanford. She emphasizes the importance of cherishing friendships, self-appreciation, embracing both strengths and weaknesses, and staying open to life's surprises. Melissa's story inspires us all to celebrate personal victories and look forward to what the future holds, on and off the track.