the year of two thousand sixteen

spring
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overlooking a quarry in Massachusetts
  • Participated in the LeaderShape Institute, a week-long leadership development and community building retreat that changed my entire outlook on what Boston College could be for me
  • Interned for Date My Wardrobe, which not only taught me about social media marketing and working in a startup, but also introduced me to an amazing mentor, the startup’s founder Amrita Aviyente
  • Explored Rockport, Gloucester, Newport, and Boston with my mom over Easter Break
  • Took two trips to New York, one with a friend to watch Matilda on Broadway and stuff our faces in Chelsea Market, another with my brother and cousins on my birthday to watch Book of Mormon and once again stuff our faces
  • Despite loving General Chemistry, I finally decided to listen to my gut and set science aside in pursuit of an International Studies major with Ethics and International Social Justice track
summer
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sunset in Penang
  • Interned for bonJOY, an ethical subscription box company that features fashion, beauty, and lifestyle goods by companies that support survivors of human trafficking and empower women globally
  • Started a personal website to keep track of my thoughts, readings, and interests (i.e. this)
  • Visited Malaysia for five weeks to spend time with family, with highlights being visiting Bali, eating food in Penang, and attending a Watercolor Brush Calligraphy workshop
fall
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picturesque cows in Vermont
  • Balanced being a Resident Assistant to 27 freshmen women, being The Gavel News Editor with four articles a week, and being employed as LeaderShape On-Site Coordinator
  • Was introduced to and impassioned by the Economy for the Common Good, the notion that all economic activity should fundamentally serve the common good of humanity, society, and the environment
  • Became further immersed in the ethical fashion movement through personal interest colliding with a case study for my Social Movements class—committed to only buying thrifted or ethically-made clothing
  • Saw fall foliage and ate maple creemees in Vermont for the first time with my mom and Godmother
  • Learned tons about Internet History, Social Networking Theory, and Social Media Activism in Online Communication and Global Society, even had Gregg Housh (one of the founders of Anonymous) as a guest speaker
  • Was a sophomore leader for 48HOURS, a freshman-only retreat, and did a polar plunge in Cape Cod
  • Dyed my hair purple

Most importantly, 2016 was the year of developing new connections and deepening existing friendships. I am left with overwhelming gratitude for all the people who have entered my life in the past twelve months, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us all.

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shoutout to getting a shoutout

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Since May, I have been the News Editor for The Gavel, BC’s online progressive student publication. As News Editor, I manage the news staff (an Associate Editor and multiple Staff Writers), come up with article ideas, write and edit articles, create the posting budget for the week, and am overall responsible for all news content.

For news, we post once a week during the summer and four or more times during the regular school week. During my time leading the section, I have doubled the online views of our news articles by consistently producing quality content.

Furthermore, the best part about writing news is breaking news. And almost every week so far this semester, we have posted one breaking (or near-breaking) news piece that gets a large number of views. One week it was about bug-infested broccoli in the dining hall, which received 2,400 views in 24 hours, and last week it was on the solidarity march I attended in support of queer students, students of color, and students with disabilities on campus, which received almost 430 views.

These numbers might not mean anything out of context, but they are big for our news section.

When I was asked to be News Editor at the end of freshman year, I was both honored and surprised. As an Editorial Assistant, I was on the fast track for an editorial position, but I didn’t think that I would get to lead an entire section so soon.

I am so glad I accepted the position and that I’ve made The Gavel one of my main priorities this year. It is reassuring and encouraging to be recognized for the positive impact my leadership has had on the news section! It is always nice to get a shoutout.

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