“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

I will be in this pursuit for as long as I live, but here are some of my core passions that I believe will stay with me…

Child Advocacy. I have loved working with children ever since I was little myself. Whether it’s babysitting, volunteering at local schools, or helping in my mom’s classroom, I value education and healthy living during childhood incredibly highly. 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. I believe education systems must provide equitable resources for children to succeed, and I also believe children should be ensured healthy and loving environments to grow up in. I want to do my part, no matter how small, in achieving those goals.

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 them was collecting rocks). To this day, individuality is one of my top values. One must be secure in his/herself 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.”

Creativity. It is pretty obvious to see that I am a right-brain dominant person. I have always loved expressing myself in the most creative ways possible.  I love writing, dancing, singing, poetry, hand-lettering… You name it. I have developed a deep appreciation (some would call it an obsession) for all types of music and love listening to slam poets, comedians, or even just some interesting TedTalks. Humans have an incredible ability to tell stories in the most fascinating ways. We can all the human condition in countless forms, and in doing so, we help build connections to others around us. Creativity is such an underrated ability, and I’m passionate about the fact that people should openly express themselves.

The 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.