Meet Emily! I’ll let her tell you a bit about herself.
“I am a Senior at Westfield High School. I have been a part of the Westfield Varsity swim team for four years now, which takes up a lot my time! When I’m not in the pool, I am usually hanging out with friends or at church. I am a part of Grace Church’s High School student ministry, Merge. I have been on two mission trips with Merge downtown Indianapolis at Shepherd Community Center. Recently I studied abroad in Mexico for seven weeks on a language immersion program through the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language (IUHPFL). I am now passionate about language and culture, which I hope to incorporate into a future career of journalism. I love to write! My goal is to travel to the broken places of the world and write about my experiences in order to raise awareness for tragic circumstances abroad.”
And this is why Emily feels she is more than just a teenager: “I think my passions and confidence in who I am make me more than just a teenager. Most people my age are still figuring out who they are and what they want to do, but I feel like I already know those things. I am confident in who I am as a person and the beliefs that I stand for. I trust in the fact that what I am doing and where I am heading is right for me, and I am so thankful for that! Although I am far from perfect, I think God has given me the capability to do great things; I can’t wait to see just what those things are.”
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What do you do on a typical night out with friends?
On a typical night with friends, we usually decide to hang out at someone’s house. Some people need to always be doing something; I am thankful that my friends and I can be content just being with each other.
Who are your role models and why?
My role models are all of the women in my life. Each of them has a unique aspect that makes me look up to and appreciate them in different ways. My mom is one of the strongest women I know. She knows exactly what she wants and takes the necessary steps in order to achieve her goal. I don’t think she has any fears; she takes whatever comes at her head on, and instead of dwelling on it, she focuses on how to overcome it. She has instilled this characteristic in me over the years as well, and I think I’m starting to see it more as I get older.
My older sister, Katie, is also a role model for me. Younger siblings have the advantage of watching their older siblings grow, and we observe how they handle situations before we reach them ourselves. Watching Katie grow and overcome certain obstacles makes me want to be just like her. She is truly an incredible young woman with a quiet strength that sometimes she doesn’t even know she has. Some girls say their best friends are like their sisters; I am lucky enough to say that my best friend is my sister.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
At this age, everyone has pretty much figured out where they want to go to college but aren’t really sure of what they want to do with their lives. I am the opposite. I have no idea where I want to go to college, but I do know what I want to do with my life. My dream is to become a journalist and travel the world. I have a passion for travel and culture that I wish to fuse with my role in God’s Kingdom Revolution. My dream is to travel to the forgotten, broken places of the world and raise awareness and hope for the hopeless through writing. I believe writing to be an incredibly powerful tool, and I think God has given me this ability in order to help others; I intend to do just that.