Alexis Dunkle Talks About How Gymnastics Has Taught Her About Life Skills and Respect

Kiara Dunkle

“To go out there and prove what I can do has taught me a lot about who I am,” Simone Biles, an Olympian gymnast, once said. Gymnastics does not only teach you how to do cool flips but also does it teach gymnasts life skills such as respect. Alexis Dunkle has been doing gymnastics for over 7 years now and is starting her 8th year. She explained how gymnastics has taught her many lessons and life skills that have helped her a lot now and will continue to help her in the future. She explains how skills such as respect, flexibility, asking questions, and having a good work ethic are very important in gymnastics and life as well. She explains that gymnastics has mentally prepared her on how to deal with challenges that may occur in her life.
Asking questions, having a flexible schedule, having a good work ethic, and working hard are important to become a better gymnast and to be successful in life. Alexis explains that asking questions could help her in the future if she is struggling with what she should be doing at a job. Alexis then states, “In life, you are going to have to be flexible because you are not always going to get what you want.” This shows that things don’t always work out the way they seem they would, and it is important to be aware of this in advance. For example, if you were not expecting a lot of homework one day and you get a lot of homework then you would have to work in time to get your homework done. She then explains that working hard is how you get better and that if you are not going to try then you will not be successful. Last, she says, “You might not always have that much time to get something done.” This shows that she believes that it is also important to have a good work ethic so that you are able to get things done quickly but well when you are in a hurry.
Alexis explains that working hard and asking questions when you are confused is a crucial part to become a better gymnast. She explains that not only does she have to work hard at gymnastics, but she also has to work hard at school. She tells us that gymnastics has helped her to work harder at school. She states, “I know that if I don’t work hard then I am not going to get to where I want to be.” This explains that if you want to be successful then you need to be determined to work hard no matter what. She also talks about how important it is to ask questions when you are confused. Alexis states, “I need to ask for help because other than that I am not going to know how to fix what I did wrong.” This explains that if she wants to get better then she needs to ask questions, so she can know what to change. She said that this skill also helps her at school because when she is confused about an activity or math problem then she will ask about it. She also says that this can also be helpful in the future when she gets a job because then if she is confused about what she should be doing, she can ask for help.
Overall Alexis shows that she believes that gymnastics has taught her a lot about skills that she will later use in life, or is using right now. She talks about how important it is to be aware of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. She also told us that sometimes she feels rushed, but gymnastics has taught her how to get that work done quickly, but to the best of her ability. She states, “I think it is important to be prepared for whatever is going to happen.” She explains that she will do extra work on the nights that she does not have gymnastics so that the day she has practice she is not stressing out about getting all her work done. Gymnastics is positively affecting Alexis now and the skills that she has learned will continue to help her in the future.

Alexis Dunkle winning 1st place at a gymnastics meet.