Things I didn't get right the first time
2018 - 2019
Gender Equality by Design
Sophomore year at RISD, I founded a children's play product startup that empowers K-12 kids to be their most inclusive, authentic selves by inspiring children's understanding of gender, physical consent, and equality.
I underestimated the amount of commitment a startup would take and decided to focus on completing my double major first. The team and I agreed to put the project on pause and return to it in the future.
During the Summer of 2018 I challenged myself to read a book every three days. I failed and ended up reading only half of the books I intended to. In reflection, the lack of planning and scheduling made it hard to form a habit. I reattempted this challenge in 2021, but this time, I focused on quality over quantity and was able to finish a couple of amazing books while thoroughly enjoying the process.
A Book Every 3 Days
I was the Communication and Design Manager at White Rock Christian Academy's Student Council. In 2017, I decided to compete for the position of student body President. This means that I had to give up my previous position. Losing the vote would also exclude me from the student council entirely because we were only allowed to apply for one position in the council. Despite the risks, I decided to go for it. After a month of campaigning, I lost the majority vote. It was a disappointment, but a great learning experience which I value.
Student Body President Vote
To sponsor kids for school in Guatemala, I organized a Children's Fair Donation Event. The donation value collected from that event did not meet our goal. We only received one-third of our set goal. In reflection, there were aspects of the event that could be improved to better our donation value. A few of them are: to require an entry fee rather than just having donation boxes, and to appoint a supervisor to oversee the quality of each game booth.
To make up for the value of donations not achieved, I later asked for donations during Halloween "trick or treat," and we organized a pizza sale.