Ok, so I know that it’s not *technically* midway through 2018 until May, but either way, it’s still incredulous to believe that we’re almost halfway there either way.
Fun fact: I still write ‘2017′ as the date on all of my school assignments. See, I wish I was kidding, except my teachers would say otherwise.
Is it just me, or has this year gone by really, really fast?
Anyways, the last time I posted was in February (rough, I know). It’s sorta funny how my last post was also one on new habits I was trying to implement in March, especially seeing how much has happened in the last 1-2 months since. So I thought it would make sense to do a quick rundown on all the happenings in my life right now/a checklist of what I’ve already accomplished in 2018.
I’m a firm believer in recognizing success as a way to push for future achievements, so even if you find my list a little irrelevant to yourself, I still definitely recommend taking a step back from life and reviewing what’s happened so far and what you want to accomplish before 2018 is over. Unfortunately, I’m gonna be saving my “Second Half of 2018 Goals” post for another time, but here’s my first list anyways!
It’s kinda crazy to think that I only have two more months left of my freshman year! Overall, I think I’ve learned how to balance work, play, and grades without dying. My third term just ended and I’m hoping to either a) maintain my 3.8 from last semester or b) raise it up to a 3.9 or even a 4.0 🤷🏻♀️ If you’re interested in doing the same, take a look at this post I did a while ago on how to become a straight-A student!
Speech and Debate:
Other than grades, my first ever speech and debate season has also come to a bittersweet end. I remember how for my first five or so tournaments I would spend the week prior crying over how much prep I had to do for my event. Congressional Debate was definitely a grind, which meant that I usually had to write 5-6 speeches within the seven days after receiving the legislation for that week’s tournament. Now, I’m crying because I won’t be competing every Saturday with people I love while doing the event I love. I’ve improved so much and actually started “breaking” to finals more regularly…seriously can’t believe it’s over! #MSDLSenatorsForever
God bless @eshaasaraf for making 15 hour tournaments more bearable.
Yet the end of season also means the beginning of another, or more specifically, the beginning of LACROSSE season. I always look forward to girls lax practices and even though I’m playing goalie this season, we’ve still managed to win our first game and hopefully take even more dubs in the future!
So much love for @laurenfromme who makes the excessive running bearable.
Future Business Leaders of America:
Last Monday, I attended my first ever State Leadership Conference at Bentley University! It was amazing to see so many motivated high schoolers from all across the state come together for something that we’re all passionate about, business and changing the future. I’m currently running for the state FBLA VP of communications, so we’ll see how that goes.
Some amazing girls I met last week! Follow me on Instagram @ellewenn for more.
In March, I also attended my first ever hackathon. It was hosted by Metrohacks and was an event curated for girls in STEM, taking place at a gorgeous venue at the Cambridge Innovation Center. I built a social media app, got cool swag, learned about app development and entrepreneurship, ate great food, and met inspiring female coders my age from all over the US. Honestly, best experience in my coding life to date.
Speaker at Local Library Fundraising Event:
A week ago, I had the honor of being one of my local library’s guest speaker at their annual Spring Fling fundraising event. This year, they were trying to raise money to pay for their newly renovated teen space. It was such a wonderful experience not just because I got to meet amazing people like Hank Phillipi Ryan, an anchor at my local news station and mystery novel writer, but because I credit the library to getting me into coding, reading, and ultimately, blogging. I grew up there basically and the fact that they reached out to me to help raise money was truly an honor.
Alright, that’s it for now! As always, make sure to leave a comment letting me know what y’all have been up to lately. I love talking to you guys, especially on Instagram (@ellewenn) and Twitter (@elleforlife.)
Seriously, so much love for life right now, and even more love for you guys.