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.

Individuality. One of my greatest strengths, in my opinion, is that I am unapologetically myself. Ever since I was little, I was never afraid to be goofy or share my passions with classmates (even if one of my passions was collecting rocks). To this day, individuality is one of my top values. One must be secure in one’s self in order to make an impact on the world, and thus shows the importance of individuality. Being weird is cool! It’s in our DNA to be different from others, so why don’t people embrace that more? I love this quote by Erin Ven Vuren: “I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget.”

Feminism. This word means to me how it is plainly defined: “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” I am in no way an extremist when it comes to feminism, but when people disregard issues of gender inequality just because the United States has progressed more than other countries, I get fired up. I grew up very empowered by my parents, and I can’t thank the enough for that. But some girls don’t grow up in such supportive homes– instead, they are conditioned to believe in gender roles and stereotypes that don’t allow them to seek their potential. If someone wants to lead a domesticated life, that is totally okay. But if a woman does it solely because that’s what she’s been told to do, that is where I have a lot of issues. We have a lot of work that needs to be done with gender equality, and it deserves to be acknowledged.

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.