I start off every new year with a list of goals I have set, but honestly who doesn't? It sounds cliche, but I do believe that one can speak their dreams into existence. That was definitely the case in 2017 for me. It was a year that begun with the declaration of war on "fake news" and the truth, but it was a year where groups sought to present their truth. I am proud to share that it in 2017 I began my resistance, and it is something I plan to build upon in 2018. In 2017, I lived up to my motto of, "I Will do great things" because I proved to myself that I truly had potential to make my mark.
My year began a bit turbulent, with personal doubt and fatigue creating bumps everywhere. At one point, I did not even want to apply to internships anywhere because I was sure I wouldn't get anything. But, that all changed when my Posse CPM let me know about a brand new company partner. This was my literal golden ticket into entertainment, an industry that I swore I could only dream of being in. While this was a turning point, the larger world was facing more serious issues. #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and the fight of Dreamers are news that I would follow and that humbled me while I was abroad. I witnessed how the world began to understand that the personal is political. In 2017, I saw the tenacity of the human spirit. Whether it was on the news, or hearing about my parents working longer hours at their company to ensure that I could afford that trip to Paris, I saw resilience in all its forms.
This year truly did humble me, and I plan on entering 2018 building upon this sense of resilience that I have witnessed from the people around me, and that I have begun to develop. I am also entering the new year with a newfound sense of resistance. I cannot remain silent when people and protests around are occurring all in the name of justice and equity. I can support a friend's Go Fund Me page because I know how invaluable going abroad was for me. I can retweet a link for a movement I believe in. I can listen someone and offer them merit and the affirmation they need.
My professors, my parents, my friends all consider me a writer. Thus, my protest will be on the page. I will stand up for what I believe in. I will advocate for myself and others when I must. I will prove to myself that in 2018 I can continue to succeed and grow, while helping those around me reach their own truths of who they want to be.