I am so touched by the support I have received from everyone for my SBFC blog, My Freshman Experience: How Trying to Fit In Came at the Price of Wellbeing, A lot has happened since that post, and I wanted to pass along a quick update to all of you.
I am excited to announce that I was selected this year to be a Kindness Reporter for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, a national organization with a vision to support mental wellness and empower individuals to create a braver and kinder world. As a Kindness Reporter, I will help provide content for Channel Kindness, a BTWF project that features written works from young people all across the country with the goal of sharing stories and spreading a message of kindness in the community. This would have not been possible had it not been for South Bay Families Connected and all the wonderful support I have received from you guys reading my blog and watching my video. After seeing the tremendous feedback I have received, I felt like it was appropriate to include the post and video that SBFC published about me as part of my application to BTWF. I am truly convinced that this content played an integral role in my acceptance, and can’t express my gratitude enough to SBFC and those of you who continue to show support.
I am now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, and I continue to make it a priority to care for my mental health. I am still involved in mental wellness organizations at my school, like Active Minds and Penn Wellness, and have involved myself in various mental health advocacy projects in those groups. My goal is to be more open with my lived experience with mental illness and spread awareness about issues that relate to mental health.
I am incredibly fortunate and humbled to be where I am now, and hope to continue my journey of growth and self-discovery through new endeavors.
If you would like to learn more about the Born This Way Foundation, please visit them at https://bornthisway.foundation.
If you would like to see some of the works published on Channel Kindness, you can view them at https://www.channelkindness.org.