Working with Kids. Ever since I was in the first grade, I used to love to be my img_2094.jpg
mom’s little helper in her kindergarten class (bring your kid to work day was always the best). I started babysitting right when I was old enough to, and I always look forward to hanging out with my little cousins. Kids inspire me; they are always open to adventure and they live with optimism. Not only that, but kids are at the most pure-hearted and influential times of their lives. How one grows up determines much of his or her character in the future. Education is so incredibly important, and it takes people with patience and kind hearts to help shape kids into the best versions of themselves.

Health and Fitness. I believe physical and mental health are equally important to an overall healthy lifestyle. I enjoy working out very much, and I specifically love running. I ran cross country and track through junior high and high school, which led me to set the goal of running a marathon. I have ran three half marathons so far and have more coming up (yay!). Processed with VSCO with p5 preset Running allows me to release built-up stress, it makes me more confident, and it makes me feel more energized and motivated. Besides working out though, I also try to make it a point to get a lot of nutrients out of each meal I eat. I used to be a picky eater, but now I love adding variety to my diet whenever I can. I believe mental health is just as, if not more, important than physical health. I really enjoy discovering new ways to make my mind and body feel better. One of my favorite things to do to unwind is go on walks outdoors. I also love expressing myself through writing and hand lettering.

img_1889.jpgThe Power of Kindness. I believe kindness is one of the most powerful forces in the world. Anything from just a courteous smile and a wave can turn someone’s day around. I am very much a people person, and one of my favorite things to do is make people laugh. I know how it feels to be bullied, and it’s a terrible (and terribly common) thing, but coming out of it has led me to understand that it is those who are hurting the most that choose to hurt others. So rather than just saying bullying is bad, I want to spread the message that kindness is cool! Because everyone deserves to be treated kindly and with respect. I would be satisfied if my biggest achievement in life was knowing I filled peoples’ lives with as much joy, hope, and laughter as I possibly could.

Leadership. Having gone to a number of leadership conferences in high school, I have developed a passion for leadership and empowering others. I believe everyone has the img_5616-jpg.jpeg
ability to leave the world better than how they found it. A large part of why I want to be a speech pathologist is because I want to help people and give them confidence as they go through their day-to-day lives. I believe everyone deserves a positive figure in their life- someone who can motivate and inspire them to be the best version of who they are. I want to try my hardest to be that figure in people’s lives.