During the recent midterm elections, an inspiring story to me was that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is the youngest woman to be elected into Congress ever! She is also only 29, which is not that much older than me. Despite whatever political beliefs you may have, I think that it is awesome she is so young and standing for what she personally believes in despite what older people, or older politicians, might think.
Sometimes I push off the fact that I can make a difference now. I can get caught up in thinking that I need to be older with a career and a degree to make a difference in peoples' lives. I often tell myself that I have to be a little more grown up and a little more put together.
The reality is this: even though I am only a teenager, what I do now matters and affects those around me.
Right now, just to be loving, and kind to everyone that I meet has an impact on others. Even though that may be hard sometimes, I know that right now, if I show love and compassion, I can make the world a better place slowly, but surely. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but hopefully words of encouragement, a smile, or kind comment can help someone do the same for someone else. It could indeed start a ripple effect.
As for the future, I have a lot of different career interests that I may want to pursue. I love communications and news. I love law. I love helping people. I love writing. I love putting things together and sharing them with the people around me. For now, a lot of the activities I am in allow me to explore those paths to help me decide which road I want to take in life.
Regardless of what I do in the future, I know that right now, showing kindness and being a friend to those around me is a great way to start making an impact on anyone around me.
How can you make an impact today? Think about it. I know I do!
See ya later :),
I do hope that this year I grow closer with my already amazing friend group. In this past year, we have all become such a tightly nit group. However, I am definitely not be opposed to making more new friends, because isn’t that what life is all about? I love meeting new people, and I think that this year I will have many opportunities to do that!
This next year, I will also be taking a couple of tougher classes, which I am a little bit fearful for. However, I think that after having one year of high school under my belt, I can use my time management skills from last year and apply those to those tougher courses. I am excited about the classes that I am taking and hope that I get the most out of everything that I take!
Even though school is about to be underway and I am definitely not ready for waking up at 6:00am, I am so excited for this new school year. Even though there are some fears, I know they will be overshadowed by the awesome things to come!
Dear Mrs. Wood,
Thank you so much for helping me grow as a writer, reader, and person. Your class challenged me in new ways and helped me become comfortable at Washington High School. Every single day a different life lesson was brought up, or a new piece of advice was given that I would take in and think about throughout the day. Reflecting back on my first year of high school, I realized that your class probably had the largest impact on how my year went. You consistently said to get involved, try new things, and know that every single choice that you make impacts not just yourself, but many other people.
That last piece of advice was directly brought up by reading the book Whirligig. I recently went to Saint Charles and passed a store with many whirligigs covering the front yard. I immediately thought of reading that book in your class and the effect that it had on me, You taught me that every person, thing, and action is a "whirligig" in a sense. You also assigned our class to build our own whirligig. Not going to lie, at first it sounded like the most insane assignment ever! However, the more my dad and I thought about it, it wasn't that bad and actually became a fun memory between the two of us that you helped create!
Thank you for being a woman of God that I can look up to. You always have open arms towards your students and seem to find the good in all of them, which I admire. I know that 14 and 15 year old kids are definitely not the easiest to teach, especially a sleepy, tired class like 1st hour! Still, you never failed to make the class upbeat and energetic with costume parties, dances, and many, many games and jokes.
I think that the largest impact that you have had on me was that you pushed me to join a journalism class. I don't know if I would have had the confidence in my writing and storytelling abilities if it weren't for you. You always told my class to get involved in high school, which I also think had an impact on my decision. Thank you for pushing me as a writer and never failing to give me advice and assurance when I was not positive on a piece of writing or a idea. Overall, you made my year memorable and enjoyable, and I know that I will not forget any of the memories made anytime soon!