The decisions that each of us make determines the trajectory that our life will take, and collectively, our decisions will determine the trajectory of our society.
It’s important to change how we tackle bullying as soon as possible. We need to watch out for those who are likely experiencing harassment and develop a sense of community. The problem starts and ends with us, and it’s time that it ends.
If we had greater ethnical diversity in STEM, there will be a change in the social narrative that has historically omitted people of different backgrounds from technical careers toward a more accessible pathway for all.
Ava Marie Bunn
Chasing your big dream can make other people uncomfortable, and it can inspire others to chase their own. So pay attention to what makes you naturally curious. Find out what you love about what you love. The journey may take you somewhere you wouldn’t expect.
Tatiana Howell Endiya Griffin
It’s time to make genuine attempts to understand and appreciate the identities of those around us. We must be able to see the value in, yet be able to look beyond the ways different people speak or act or dress for the betterment of our society.
There are so many choices flying at us all at once, and these constant choices turn into conscious choices. Everything is being labeled as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and something we simply can’t miss out on. But if everything is like that, how do we know which ones to choose? How do we control our life so it’s manageable?
You may be feeling confused about what you want to do in life. Where to go to college. What career to pursue. Maybe you’re confused on what you want to do tomorrow. But that’s okay, because that’s a part of life. The point is, it’s okay to not know what you want to do, as long as you know who you truly are.
When it comes to fashion, we hold all the cards, so it’s up to us to demand that the brands we wear are providing their workers a safe, ethical working environment, and ensure that they’re regulating their waste appropriately. We need to stop assigning blame elsewhere and take responsibility for our own shopping habits.
We should put our differences aside and work to help those who came here escaping poverty and violence and simply want to build a better future. Be that ONE person who has made a change in an immigrant’s life, which has the power to change all immigrants. And which will benefit society as a whole.
By being inclusive in STEM, we allow everyone to participate in society equally. People from different socioeconomic backgrounds, races, languages, values, and cultures, are able to contribute their own ideas which result in innovative and unique results, thus the power of independently thinking as one.
By raising your hand, you are putting in the commitment and drive to do what you want despite the possibility of failure, criticism, and difficulty. So I challenge the world to be sick and tired of the old, and with open arms, welcome what life has to offer.
We all have strikes against us based on race, color, sexuality. What I realized through my journey is that we can change what holds us back and morph it into something we can thrive from. I challenge you to acknowledge your strikes, embrace your strikes, and let it empower you so that you can thrive as stronger, more powerful individual. You too can be a triple threat.
I believe that students are more than an SAT score. And I believe more should be done to address this issue. If more colleges become test optional, I can only imagine what our diverse future would look like. But it all begins, with opening that door.