By Rachel Suggs, LiveGirl High School Mentor
Hello lovely ladies,
Spring break for many students is just around the corner, and it is a perfect opportunity to allocate time to female-powered activities.
Here is an idea. You can take a trip to the Connecticut State Capitol and pay a visit to the statue of our state’s heroine herself, Ms. Prudence Crandall. She founded the first American school for African-American girls over 150 years ago.
Or, you can find a friend and collaborate on a creative project together. Work with each other to create something that didn’t exist yesterday, such as a drawing, poem, dance number, or short story. The world needs your creativity, and there is nothing better than two girls working together towards a common goal.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, see if you can volunteer at your local women’s shelter. These shelters provide basic care for women that cannot afford it for themselves, such as a place to sleep. They could have left an abusive home life or simply be down on luck, so be as warm and as generous as you can. If you can’t donate your time, donate basic necessities that the women need. For example, see if you have spare soap, shampoo, and especially feminine hygiene products.
However you choose to spend your break, remember to prioritize yourself and your mental recovery from school. My preferred method of a mental-break is to put on some Beyonce and dance around my room. You can literally dance like nobody's watching, because no one is! Savor this time where you don’t need to perform anything for critique or produce anything substantial. Let the “Lemonade” album be your muse, or substitute any female singer-songwriter of your choice. You can also curl up with a good book and let the day slip away from the world of literature. My favorite book for this effect is “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell. You’ll be back at school again in no time, so while you’re busy learning about the world, take care of yourself so that you don’t lose your drive to change it.
Happy spring break, everyone!