I had the most incredible time presenting and speaking at the Ocean Lakes High School’s 2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Summit. There was an incredible mix of girls, and I’m so glad I was able to participate in this forum.
Meeting with all girls, and hearing their aspirations reminded me of the being an intern here at WAVY. I wanted so badly to be a reporter but at the time it seemed so incredibly out of reach. But, I’m a firm believer that every big dreams takes a lot of little steps.
When I first discovered I wanted to be a reporter, I reached out to every contact I had, volunteered, took mentor ships, and worked part-time jobs. I set small goals in front of myself to reach that big dream of working here at WAVY. I shared those steps with the girls today. I hope my story shows them that even their high apple pie hope dreams are possible. And, these girls have some incredible dreams. I talked to three girls who want to be the next Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood but better. I talked to another girl who wants to travel the world studying animals, and another who wants to be in politics. We have some amazing youth in our community.
And talk about a small world after I finished speaking one of my high school principals from Tallwood High approached me. She was in the audience the entire time, and it was nice to reminiscence about the my Alma mater. I also felt really proud to be representing the Class of 2002. It was a good day.