Class of 2019

Class of 2019

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.

Classroom Confidence

Classroom Confidence

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 Belong to LiveGirl

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 Used to Do Ballet

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.

Festivals From a Feminist Lens

Festivals From a Feminist Lens

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.

From LiveGirl to #GirlBoss

From LiveGirl to #GirlBoss

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.

A New Spin on New Years Resolutions. Relax.

A New Spin on New Years Resolutions. Relax.

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.”

Every Girl Has the Right to be Confident

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.