It's Been an Insane Couple of Months
It all started in February. February 8th to be specific. I went into NYC with my grandma, my aunt, and my cousin. Joyful Heart Foundation, specifically Generation JOY, was hosting an event at a candy store called Sugarfina. It was absolutely incredible, and it reignited the flame inside me that was at a slow burn for quite a while. I’ve always wanted to publicly advocate for survivors, more than just on twitter, and I did my best. But the fire was now raging inside me. Maile Zambuto (Who is amazing, if you didn’t know, and so incredibly important in this world.) signed a picture for me and told me to “Keep up the great work creating a safer world.” That’s what I had to do. I had to push through the hard stuff.
And that’s what I’ve done for the past 3 months.
It started with a meeting at work with the owners and GMs and all the “big wigs”, in a survey they asked what they could do better. So I told them. We’re supposed to care about our community. It’s in our mission statement, our business philosophy and even in the charity events we do every year, multiple times a year, so why are we not more concerned about domestic violence and sexual assault that they may be facing at home? We can’t claim to care about them if we only care about them when they’re in our store spending money.
Then, it moved to campus. We screened The Hunting Ground on campus, we didn’t have a chance to finish it, but before everyone left, I said something. In the documentary at the beginning one of the Presidents of one of the Universities said “What happens in college stays in college.” I begged those in that room to not let their anger or disgust stay in that theater. To use it to go out and do something about it.
The next day, I was called a hero by the head of Campus Life.
Then, I became President of the Anti-Violence Project on campus and partnered with DASI, our local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault intervention service. I’m still the only member of the club, so I plan everything and execute it all on my own. Sometimes I have help, but mostly it’s just me.
Because of everything I do, I was nominated for a student leadership award, which I’ll be receiving on April 20th. In addition to the award I get special regalia for when I walk in graduation (hopefully next spring).
I’ve also applied to be a student Ambassador and as a back up I’m running for SGA Vice President. To say the past few months have been insane is an understatement. But here’s the thing… I truly feel that this is what I’m meant to be doing. This is what I’m supposed to be doing right now, in this moment.
And I couldn’t be happier.