I was born in Atlanta, Georgia but I have no recollection of it due to the nature of my family's moving situation. My dad had multiple jobs and promotions within his company which caused us to have to move around a lot as kids. I'm 18 years old, and I've lived in 5 different houses and 4 different states. After leaving Georgia, my family moved to Wisconsin where my younger sister was born. After two years there, we moved to Boston, Massachusetts where my younger brother and sister-who are twins-were born. After two years there, my parents moved us back to Wisconsin and were done having kids. We stayed in Wisconsin for about 7 years, and I was in school from kindergarten until 6th grade there, so that's the location I have the most recollection of besides where I am now. When we moved to Ohio, I was about to go into 7th grade. It was really hard for me to be in a new state and city and school and know nobody. It probably sounds quite sad, but I didn't have friends for a couple months. I attended this group with a counselor for new kids every week held at my school, but it didn't help foster any lasting friendships. My closest friends at this time were the girls I did gymnastics with. I started the sport when I was only a couple years old and did it until I was about 16 years old. Those girls were my lifeline while I didn't have friends at school yet. Eventually, I did make friends, but my friend groups changed a lot from 7th grade to high school. I had always wanted to do theater, so before winter break of my freshman year in high school, I decided to audition for the spring musical. It was the best decision of my entire life. I continued to do shows and eventually formed some really strong friendships with people in my theater program. I had a huge group of friends who all did theater together for a long time, and we had a lot of fun, but as I got to my junior year this group started to dwindle and I found my real, true friends. Also throughout this time, about sophomore year, I started to grow into Christianity. My family had been Catholic my entire life, but I never really connected with that specific method of faith. A couple of my friends I had made in theater were nondenominational christians and they really introduced me to a side of faith I didn't know existed. I had a lot of personal growths and joys during that time of discovering my faith, and I'm still to this day discovering more and more. I don't think I'll ever be done discovering. Most of my friends were a year older than me and went to college this year while I stayed in high school. During my junior year, I had gotten involved in our school magazine, Spark, and I really threw myself into it. With the absence of my friends this year, I decided to throw myself into it and am now a section editor for the paper. It's been the thing I've probably spent the most time on this year, and it's what made me really consider journalism as a possible major in college. I haven't decided yet, but it's definitely a huge contender. Besides that, I spend a lot of my free time working to save up for college. My family does fine, but college is really expensive, and I'm looking for anything that could help. I currently babysit for 2 and 4 year old boys; taking them to school and swim lessons and playing with them while their parents work, and it's been one of my greatest joys. I also work at a locally owned coffee shop in my area called Cocoon Coffee, and it's absolutely amazing. I love coffee, so that's a plus, but I also just really like the daily conversations I get to have with customers. It means a lot to me. This year I've also been really focused on applying to colleges. I am now done applying, and have gotten some acceptances, but I'm planning on attending The Ohio State University in fall of 2021 in an exploratory major.