Sophomore year, our club volunteered with organizations gender that is promoting, the highlight of the season helping at a marathon for recovering abuse victims. Junior year, we met with your head of school to convey our goals, outline plans and gain support for the year that is coming in which we held fundraisers for refugees while educating students. In 2010 we have been collaborating aided by the Judicial Committee to cut back the use that is escalating of slurs in school stemming from a lack of awareness within the student body.
From this experience, I discovered that you can reach so many more people when working together rather than apart. In addition it taught me that the most crucial aspect of collaborating is believing in the same cause; the important points should come so long as there is a shared passion.
Legends, lore, and comic books all feature mystical, beautiful beings and superheroes—outspoken powerful Greek goddesses, outspoken Chinese maidens, and outspoken blade-wielding women. As a young child, I soared the skies with my angel wings, battled demons with katanas, and helped stop everyday crime (and undoubtedly had a hot boyfriend). In short, i desired to truly save the whole world.
But growing up, my concept of superhero shifted. My peers praised individuals who loudly fought inequality, who rallied and shouted against hatred. As a journalist on a social-justice themed magazine, I spent additional time at protests, understanding and interviewing but not quite feeling inspired by their work.
To start with, I despaired. I quickly realized: I’m not a superhero.
I’m just a 17-year-old girl with a Nikon and a notepad—and I like it that way.
And yet—I would like to save the whole world.
This understanding didn’t arrive as a bright, thundering revelation; it settled in softly on a warm spring night before my 17th birthday, round the fourth hour of crafting my journalism portfolio. Continue reading “I play devil’s advocate in discussions about ethics and politics.”