It seems like everything is happening at once.
From trying to figure out how to navigate through my High School freshman year, to figuring out the layout Hunter College in senior year, where I took college classes, to grabbing my diploma in front of family and friends. Looking back, everything seems like a blur, but I know that I learned more in my 4 years of High School than I did my entire life. The late nights finishing up a History paper, and the hours spent after school writing sketches for the talent show. There were so many moments that helped me figure myself out as a person, because of the different people I sat next to in class, and the friends I made each year. Every decision I made sculpted me into the person I am and it is because of those moments that I am excited to be a part of a program like this.
There are few times in life where someone gets to find something that they think they are perfect for and I know that I am extremely lucky to have found not one, but two things that I am passionate about. The first one of those being film making. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on film sets, and write and direct my own short films. Everything that I was able to do artistically, was because of the support of friends and family, and I can say the same thing about Global Citizen Year. I never would have found out about this program if it wasn’t for my family and friends.
Just weeks before the application deadline, I heard about Global Citizen Year, and I knew that this is what I wanted to do. The idea of being a part of a culture and helping and LIVING! Was a dream of mine ever since I spent a few weeks New Zealand and got to be a part of that culture. The fact that I have the opportunity to do something like this blows my mind. If it were not for the support of my family and Libby Parker-Simkin, I don’t know if I would have made it into this program. Answering any question I had and giving me the confidence boost to go out and show myself. The amount of help they gave me is unbelievable, and even now I am still getting support from friends and family as I look at all the donations I am getting in my fundraising campaign.
It is breathtaking that people are as excited for me as I am for this program. I cannot thank you enough.
I remember starting high school thinking I should go to college to get some “job that made money,” but now I know that I want to do something that matters, and truly live my life.
The time truly does fly by, and soon I will be in a plane to Ecuador…and I can’t wait.