Throughout my life, I have grown personally and interpersonally by engaging in many opportunities. I would have never imagined myself participating in some of those experiences but, today, I can not imagine life without them.
At 14 years old, I started the Connecticut chapter of the Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group, an organization by girls for girls, after being diagnosed with the condition and having a spinal fusion in less than a year. As a chapter leader, I facilitated conversations for a group of girls with scoliosis to share their experiences and the emotions they felt as a girl with scoliosis.
My time as a chapter leader inspired me to apply for an internship with BRAVE Institute, an organization focused on inspiring people to be self-empowered, during my freshman year of college. As an intern with BRAVE, I planned conferences with a focus on self-empowerment, presented at the 2017 DigCit Summit, and traveled to the Dominican Republic for a service project. Participating in these activities as a college freshman has influenced the activities I have taken on during the rest of my college career. Some of those activities include becoming a Resident Assistant and fitness instructor.
Growing up as a shy person, these positions and experiences have pushed me outside of my comfort zone and I am grateful they did. They have positively transformed my life in a way that challenged me to be my best self each and every day. They have ignited a fire within me to help others see their potential so that they can be the best version of themselves and take advantage of what the world has to offer them.
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