I believe that if others could adopt the attitude, unstoppable energy, and kind spirit the girls at camp LiveGirl showcased this week, that the world would be a much more joyous, peaceful place for us all.
It seems like yesterday we came here aiming to foster the flames of curiosity that claimed our brains – ready to learn, to grow, to play the game. We became new people in this short time frame; identified passions with which to define our names; sought to remain our true selves, but never leave the world around us the same.
Some of the most frustrating moments in my life have been around situations where teachers have discredited me- my intelligence, my potential, my morals, my needs, my circumstances. A teacher should be someone whose mission every day when he or she goes into work each morning is to elevate. Elevate students to reach further, challenge themselves, and most importantly believe in their capability. I have had teachers who have exemplified this, and they have left a mark on my life that I will forever be grateful for. However, I have also had many unfortunate experiences of teachers who, consciously or not, have demeaned me. Instances such as teachers rolling their eyes at my opinions, opinions that they’ve asked for, sighing in response to a question, teachers who have grazed over my raised hand and called on solely my male peers.
I belong to LiveGirl.
I am eighteen years old- a young, Malaysian woman with immigrant parents. My idea of community before joining such an empowering, inclusive, female community was only between my mother and father. Growing up in The United States, I longed for that sense of belonging, that feeling of being fully accepted for who I am- as a person, not by my skin tone or the facade that existed when I feel like I needed to conceal my identity for the idea of being “American.”
I used to do ballet. I stuck my gangly legs into pink ballet tights for way longer than when it was cool, which ended around first grade. I was bad at ballet. Not quite bad enough to realize I was bad, but enough to be in the back of every performance. I loved it. I really did, all of the leaping (which is the one thing I was good at) and spinning (even though one time I smacked my instructor straight across the face while doing a pirouette circle by accident). But the one thing that I didn't like was how skinny everyone was.
Saturday, June 1st. The start of June, the welcoming of Summer, and the second day of Governors’ Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island in Manhattan. For months, the festival season was the only thing the student body talked about- it was our high school tradition. But, the thought of attending never crossed my mind. I preferred to stay in the comfort of my own home and scroll through my Instagram feed, mindlessly staring at all of the photos of my friends dancing to unreal music sets.
As a female in modern-day society, I have struggled with every issue that the world has thrown onto this generation. The explosion of social media's presence in day-to-day life. Increased internal, as well as external, political tensions.
By: Hoshahnia Kumaran, LiveGirl High School Intern
Spring break for many students is just around the corner, and it is a perfect opportunity to allocate time to female-powered activities.
By Rachel Suggs, LiveGirl High School Mentor
In order to prepare for the real world, we must learn how to listen to each other, analyze different points of views, and express their own opinions in powerful ways. [Kate’s response to the recent article entitled “Empathy or Gateway to Ideological Agenda?” published in the New Canaan Advertiser]
by Kate Reeves, LiveGirl Youth Advisory Board President
With Captain Marvel now in theaters, and on track to make over $150 million in the box office, it is important to remember why this movie is so important…
by Olivia West, LiveGirl High School Mentor
It’s especially important in today’s world that we listen to understand and realize that it’s okay to agree to disagree ….
by Alexandra Gillespie, LiveGirl High School Mentor
How one should go about cultivating a business idea (for profit or nonprofit) for social good:
There are a few key aspects that go into cultivating an idea for common good. I am creating a mobile application that will enable children and adults with special needs make friends. I will share with you what I learned from my experience.
Like many people, I really hate new years resolutions. There’s something about deciding to change your life starting on one specific day that scares me, that seems really daunting and impossible. Mostly I think it’s just because I don’t like being told what to do. I don’t like things being definite, being written down, telling myself, “Okay, here is what I have to do to feel good about myself and feel fulfilled.”
I first learned about LiveGirl through my friends, who, knowing I have always been passionate about gender equality and empowerment, helped me sign up for a monthly summit in my Junior year. To be completely honest, I was very nervous for that first leadership summit. I enjoy working with kids but I tend to get very nervous trying new things. I remember telling the other high school mentors to stick with me because I had no idea what to do. But once I got there, I immediately felt like I had found my community.
I am not surprised that Kavanaugh made it onto the supreme court.
He was nominated by a president who speaks of women like a sport,
He backed the ideals of a party that had the most support.
“Are you living your best life?” I feel like I hear this phrase more and more these days so I actually put some serious thought into it. Am I living my best life?
Summer, a time when you’re not bound by having to go to school, and you get more freedom to pursue the things you LOVE or feel PASSIONATELY about. For some, it’s all about getting through that stack of books on their bedside table; for others, it’s about spending time with their friends and families. We caught up with some STRONG Girls to find our how they spent their time over the summer.
When the topic of depression is brought up, most people either avoid it, as they don’t know what to say, or misinterpret what it actually means to be depressed. Before last March of 2018, I was one of the people who misinterpreted the meaning, which is one of my biggest regrets. I used to think that depression meant that someone was upset and isolated themselves all the time. I now know that depression can be experienced in waves and is not always a constant emotion. Also, I learned that a person diagnosed with depression can have many friends, and still experience feelings of severe sadness and dejection. Acknowledging what depression entails not only benefits your own well-being, but also prepares you to step into someone’s life when necessary.