Words Of Hope

Reflections on Japan 

Japan taught me about privilege, western influence, taking risks, being confident, sad parts of our history, investing in people and in a place, takin...

Employment.

Today I accepted a job. A job I’ve wanted for one year, 2 months and 4 days. I remember where I was and how I felt when I learned about the company,...

Grace

I learned a lot on my six-day road trip through Iceland. But what I learned most is how to receive grace. And what I mean by grace is: acceptance, for...

Redefining Fun

When I got to college, everyone said it would be the most fun four years of my life. That sounded so freeing, so exciting because I honestly didn’t ...

Staying.

Do you ever feel like you exposed yourself too much? Like you let someone see the raw, real part of you and now you’re just waiting for them to run?...

Hometown Throwdown 

In my hometown, where I’ve lived in the same house on the same street for 22 years, I feel a deep sense of community. I cherish such strong friendsh...

Proving Myself

So much of my life has revolved around proving myself: I chose Duke because that proved I worked hard in school for years and years. I traveled all ov...

The Five-Year Plan

I’ve always had a plan. I make goals. I make smaller goals to meet that goal. I meet those goals. I achieve the goal. I create a new list. I repeat....