The beginning of the year always brings feelings of ambition and high spirits, as the energy and vigor from the summer transition into long and exhausting days in a classroom. This year, I begin my junior year at Norco High School, and although it is only the first few months of school, I have been extremely blessed.
Since you last heard from me, I was in the process of creating a non-profit organization called the Face of Cancer, designed to give those affected by cancer support and a listening ear. However, I have made the choice to put the Face of Cancer on hold for now, and spending the gap year planning incredible events that will grab the Corona-Norco community’s attention.
In the meantime, this year, I have decided to challenge myself continually by taking three Advanced Placement courses and one honors course: AP Environmental, AP Language and Composition, AP United States History, and Spanish 3 Honors. Along with that, I have been participating in multiple clubs with officer positions including American Cancer Society, National Honor Society, German Club, Chinese Culture Club, Friday Night Live, Key Club, and Link Crew. I also serve at my church, Crossroads, for many ministries. At Generate Jr High, I am training to be a decision counselor while serving on the Creative Team and co-leading Lovebugs. Every Wednesday, Generate, designed for high school and college aged kids, I help out with offering. Finally, on the weekend, the Pastor’s Wives Ministry honor the wives of pastors by cooking them deluxe breakfasts and I serve on the Project Team/Communion and Offering teams every Saturday and Sunday.
The more different things I try, although initially frightening, the more I learn about myself and the things that interest me. For example, joining the German Club on campus has made me eager to learn the language and the history behind my heritage. I also never viewed myself as a leader, until I stepped out and was obedient to my callings. It’s been said that “by doing, you understand”, and I am living proof of that. Had I remained scared, insecure, and doubtful of my abilities, I would have never had the courage to apply myself and learn great and mighty things.
I am so grateful for the Tutoring Solution being an active part in my high school experience, from freshman year to now. When I applied for the $100 scholarship, I would have never imagined my academic and personal interests growing as much as they have. Now, although oncology will always be a part of whom I am and my passion, I am leaning towards a career of diplomacy and linguistics. I would love to be an ambassador for the United States to foreign countries. College wise, I am drawn to Bath University in Bath, England and plan to apply to that school my senior year of high school. After I graduate from Bath University, I plan on transferring to the London School of Economics and later, back in the States at Harvard University to finish my education. Ambitious? Without a doubt. Crazy? Some might think so. But I’ve found that to the inspired, anything is possible. Most people are content with a good paying job, a nice house, and kids they can take to soccer practice in a four wheel drive. But for me, I want more than this life has to offer. I want adventure. I want uncertainty. And most of all, I want to be the change I want to see in the world, like one of my biggest role models, Gandhi once said.
If anything can be retained from my countless tangents and blubbering, remember this: you will regret it forever if you never try. Now, I don’t mean to try the *bad* things (e.g. smoking, bad addictions), but follow your own passion. Write your own story. Use your skills and the things that fill you to the brim with life to impact others. For good grief, you were created with awesome skills and talents, and it would be a disservice to the world to not share them with others. Be creative. Adore mastery. Change the world.
Because although it might start with the intentions of helping others, you’ll find it helps you out a lot too.