e-boy meets world
i’ve been thinking about the future a lot. as a senior, it’s strange having to evaluate the past 17 years of your life and seeing who you are and how far you have come. in some ways, it’s overwhelming having to explain who you are in 650 words or less. i just want to remind everyone that failure is a heartbreaking, but necessary part of the process. throughout all of this, i have been feeling imperfect, and it’s okay if you do too. college applications are a reality for many of us seniors right now. i know that it’s terrifying. please remember that, no matter what admissions may tell you, an arbitrary grade point average cannot count how much of an impact you have and will continue to make. who you are fundamentally—that’s what matters. i hope you love who you are, and here’s to others seeing that love too.
did i spend two hours taking and editing nice photos? yes. did i end up using raw selfies from my kitchen instead? also yes
sorry, we couldn’t go to the area 51 raid today ¯\_(ツ )_/¯ #climatestrike #youthclimatestrike - but for real? our work is not done. no one ever won a marathon by taking just one step forward, and no one ever won a marathon by refusing to take that step at all. i’m proud because we showed who we could be. now it’s time for us to show that every day—when you’re talking about racial justice, economic justice, and climate justice. today, we started our journey. and we won’t stop until we have solutions. change. justice.
in the past few months, the work i’ve done with @pfainstitute has been nothing short of invigorating. we went through a complete renovation: changing the name, logo, website, mission, and soul of the company. it’s been a non-stop summer, and heading back to school while still working is going to pose a new challenge as well as a new journey. and in these moments, i think it’s essential we be vulnerable and real. diving head first into senior year, college apps, speech tournaments, this company, and my own personal life is something exciting in itself, and i am ready to take it on one last time.
all love and growth here 🌼🌸🌷🌹🌺
I'm so excited to announce I've been chosen as one of the 2019 Bay Area Agents of Change. Being published next to some of these extraordinary innovators is truly an honor. Thank you for the feature @diablomagazine !
from harvard to home, two months in film.
I’ve been measuring my worth in numbers yet again. AP scores, likes, awards, college work. It’s so important to remember that both inward and outward focus are so important. Focus inward on who you ARE, not who you present; focus outward on how you can make the world better. If we’re going to measure ourselves through numbers, look at the lives you’ve changed and the love you’ve created. But remember: worth cannot be quantified.
SWIPE ➡️➡️ i was going to post this with some quirky caption but the truth is, i couldn’t bring myself to do it. i’m terrified of showing this vulnerability. this topic has always been so deeply scarring for me, and i think now, i’m finally starting to come out of my shell a little bit. anyway, here’s your annual reminder that pride exists after june, we’re here thanks to black trans women who rioted at stonewall against the police, and if your pride and acceptance isn’t intersectional, then it’s not accepting. so, here you go. here’s who i am 💗💜💙🏳️🌈
i’ve been trying to focus on self-love a lot more. one thing i’ve never been good at is looking on the inside and loving the mirror image i see. it’s been a journey, but i’m getting closer. and for that, i am forever grateful.
This wonderful boy just won 2nd in Original Oratory at the National Speech and Debate tournament. This is a photo on the night I met him. The same night, he re-enacted the complete script from the 2017 Original Oratory award ceremony. He played the awards song for me, and he interchanged his name with one of the national finalists. I think both of us knew that this dream would come true one day. - Over the years, I have seen him grow - not just forward, but backwards, sideways, diagonally. I’ve seen him grow into the wonder he is today. And for that journey, I am forever grateful. - Congratulations Avi Gulati 🏆🏅❤️
I’m so excited to announce that I have once again received the honor of being invited to the International Congress of Youth Voices to represent @pfainstitute and the Bay Area. The @intlcongressofyouthvoices has given me so much, and as a delegate, I have found myself surrounded by some of the most passionate, diverse, dedicated, and awe-inspiring individuals I’ve ever known. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I look forward to changing the world with you.
so can i officially say “welcome to my ted talk” now? but for real, i’ve always felt a love for being up on that stage, and @tedxmhs just reaffirmed it. thank you for letting me share my story 💘
4 photos, 3 cancelled flights, 2 weeks late, and 1 unforgettable experience #NIETOC
My mother has many titles. Queen. Legend. Icon. And today, she earned the title of Masters graduate 💖
i’ve been measuring my worth in numbers a lot more. - likes. percentages. test scores. followers. - it’s been a journey getting to the place i am, but it’ll be journey to get out of it too - not sure what i’m trying to say here. - just love yourself. who you are. who you’ve become. - be proud of your resilience. you’ve made it this far, no?
thanks for the feature @aspirants .co 💘 go check it out now! link in their bio.
Self love has always been such a difficult concept for me. To me, there’s always something to criticize about myself—my face, my body, my mind. Even in a picture where I’m trying to be completely candid, I’ve got a full face of makeup on. But I think in a world full of tension and polarization, sometimes, we ought to care for the person we know the most. Sometimes, we ought to have a little more self-love. - Thanks for the shirt @theactivismshop !
still not a dancing queen #17
should’ve asked for a sister #nationalsiblingday
I had an amazing time standing with my teachers today. We can’t put students first if you put educators last. I’m proud to support my teachers and fight for the working conditions they deserve. #RedForEd
swipe to see a glow up ✨ quite honestly though, i’ve never really been comfortable in my body. there was always something to fix, but i’m starting to embrace it now. these are just the first steps.