I'm 13 years old and in 8th grade. I live with my mom, dad and dog, Wicket. I started writing my first Upper Middle Grade novel, Age of Aliens: Safire & Igneous, the summer before I turned 10. And since then, I've had an uncontrollable love for writing that has bended the way I think and dream.
In my spare time, I love reading dystopian, sci-fi, classics and fantasy books, reading graphic novels, eating pizza and ice cream, watching Gilmore Girls with my mom, watching comedic movies with my family, being weird and goofy with my friends, and of course, writing.
On the reading front, I love everything Marie Lu writes, the Hunger Games series, the twisted world of Keeper of the Lost Cities, the addicting story of Divergent, and just about anything Harry Potter. I think my Kindle might explode one day from all the books I've read.
I've also started a book club for elementary school students. Reading and literacy are so key to a person's life, especially during childhood. That's why I'm trying to help the kids who need the extra practice. So many parents don't have the time because they work multiple jobs, and aren't able to teach their kids the importance behind reading. Maybe if I can provide them with the practice, I can change their lives.
School is a huge part of my life. It connects me to all my friends and has taught me so many different things. I pretty much love every subject you can hand me. One of my favorite subjects includes the broadcasting class I've been taking for the last two years, which has developed my love for educating and telling stories through film. I love leading others through my school's announcements, and I've found a passion in that class. But I've found an even bigger passion in math and science. And from the skills I learn there, I want to become a doctor. Maybe I'll be a Neurologist, or maybe a Pediatrician. All I know is that learning empathy and making a true difference in others' lives has been my goal from the start. And by becoming a doctor, I can make a difference and learn about the intricate human body which has fascinated me so deeply in my short 13 years.
Especially with the pandemic, mental health is the key to our behavior and happiness. Stress and anxiety press down on everyone's shoulders whether you know it or not. That's why I've created a student mental health task force named the Empathizers at my middle school. I'm trying to spread awareness around mental health and release the stigma around it. I want students to be able to express their feelings and emotions to their peers in a comfortable community.
These are my passions, and this is only the start of my journey to make a difference in our world.