I play devil’s advocate in discussions about ethics and politics.

I play devil’s advocate in discussions about ethics and politics.

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 our 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. This current year we have been collaborating using the Judicial Committee to lessen the escalating use of racial slurs in school stemming from too little awareness in the student body.

With this experience, I discovered that you can easily reach so many more people when working together rather than apart. Moreover it taught me that the most crucial part of collaborating is believing when you look at the same cause; the facts can come provided that there is certainly a shared passion.

Legends, lore, and comic books all feature mystical, beautiful beings and superheroes—outspoken powerful Greek goddesses, outspoken Chinese maidens, and outspoken women that are blade-wielding. 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 wanted to save the planet.

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 more time at protests, interviewing and understanding but not exactly feeling inspired by their work.

In the beginning, 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 prefer it like that.

And yet—i wish to save the planet.

This understanding didn’t arrive as a bright, thundering revelation; it settled in softly on a warm spring night before my 17th birthday, all over fourth hour of crafting my journalism portfolio. I happened to be choosing the best photos I’d taken around town during the 2016 election that is presidential I unearthed two shots. Pokračovat ve čtení „I play devil’s advocate in discussions about ethics and politics.“