Fall 2018 in Review

As the year comes to a close (writing this at 8:00 New Year’s Eve), I am reflecting on the past semester and year as a whole. I decided to go through my planner and share a list of the things I focused on, learned, and was grateful for the past semester. 

What I focused on:

  • Maintaining my mental and emotional health
  • Taking time for myself
  • Refocus on schoolwork
  • Personal wellness
  • Growth and reflection through leaning on others and introspection

What I learned:

  • I need to take more time for myself
  • I need to take my health more seriously
  • I am supported and loved
  • I need to start taking responsibility for myself
  • Just because I can do something, doesn’t mean I should

What I was grateful for:

  • Ms. Alley coming to teach mindfulness in health class – it reminded me of what’s important
  • Victor’s presence in my life
  • The chance to visit Babson
  • Support from others with my college applications
  • The Olin Future Women in Business Weekend Conference
  • A car to drive
  • My grandparents

Things I did in 2018:

  • Won Poetry Out Loud and competed in the regional competition
  • Won third place in Mock Trial regional competition and competed in states
  • Traveled with a group of students to Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Prescott for an in-state college tour
  • Launched my new website (this one!)
  • Pitched my business and earned $650.00 in investment
  • Attended a trade show to represent ALT
  • Attended a craft fair to represent ALT
  • Did 108 sun salutations to raise money for refugees
  • Moved into an apartment
  • Took the ACT (three times)
  • Attended a walk-out against gun violence
  • Didn’t go to school for a week because of the teacher strike
  • Spoke at the Education Luncheon for educators in Arizona
  • Restructured the health curriculum
  • ACT Workshop for two weeks
  • Went sea-kayaking in Alaska for three weeks
  • Attended a writing workshop for three weeks
  • Went on a trip to Flagstaff
  • Attended the Young Leaders Summit at UChicago
  • Went to the Franklin and Marshall Collegiate Leaders Summit
  • Went to the WashU Preview session at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Went to Babson College for the Multicultural Overnight Experience
  • Turned 18
  • Attended the Olin Future Women in Business Weekend at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Hired my first interns for ALT
  • Started launching a second business

This year has certainly been an exciting one filled with more travel, events, networking, and hard work than ever before. The momentum of this year is bringing me into 2019 with ambition, strength, and excitement for what the future holds.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along with me on my journey thus far. I’m so excited to share with you what happens as 2019 comes.

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