Today the Student Advisory Council had a party to celebrate the end of the semester. Our party consisted of elevated, educational conversation about the meaning of life while eating pizza. I love those kids. Every day I show up to our meetings I feel more and more blessed that I have the opportunity to be a freshmen representative. The kids on that council are so ambitious and motivated. They want to make a difference in the world and I have no doubt that they will.
Marlena wants to work at a detention school and teach art. She wants to help underprivileged children realize that they are smart and that they can be successful at life. She wants to help them realize that life is hard, but they can beat their circumstances. Jacob wants to serve a mission, be a teacher, or maybe an engineer. Elise- a non-traditional student- has already opened up her own private school. She is a mother who has raised children, gone through a tough divorce and is back at school because she knows that with an even stronger education she can make an even bigger difference. And that isn’t even the half of it. The council has kids who want to be biology professors, researchers for big companies, mechanical engineers and advertising consultants for Broadway plays. And these dreams will be fulfilled.
What do I want to be? The true answer to that is I don’t know. But the more complicated answer to that is I want to be EVERYTHING. I want to be a teacher and help underprivileged students in D.C. Schools. I want to be a marriage counselor. I want to be a psychologist. I want to be a writer. I want to be a stay at home mom. I want to start a non-profit organization. I want to be a missionary. I want to change the world.
The moral of this story? There is a great generation rising in the world. And we’re rising fast and strong. We’re rising intent on making a difference. And there is no doubt in my mind that we will.