What inspires you?
My interest in reproductive rights began when I was growing up in Oklahoma, and I saw the constant attacks on abortion rights happening in my own community, as well as the community resistance to these attacks. However, learning about the reproductive justice movement, with its leadership by and centering of communities of color and crucial intersections with other social justice causes, is what inspired me to continue to strive to continue learning and working towards that framework.

What is the best piece of advice you have received that has helped you be successful?
I think the best piece of advice I’ve gotten is the importance of constant self-reflection and evaluation. Being able to think back on past mistakes, as well as re-evaluate what I wanted/the person I wanted to strive to be, has made me more resilient, but more importantly better able to listen to those around me. That second trait is one area I want to keep growing and is very important for my personal definition of success

What motivates you?
I am motivated by hearing people’s stories. There are so many systemic issues that we must address if we are to ever have any chance of justice, and hearing the stories of people who are actively reimagining a just future motivates me to figure out how to do more myself.

How has your life and daily routines changes as a result of COVID-19?
I just graduated, so obviously finishing classes and commencement online was a big shift. I have gotten much better at muting/unmuting myself on Zoom, as well as maintaining friendships over distance. I am very grateful to have a safe and stable home environment and family that has been able to support me over the past few months. The issues of health injustice have only become more apparent over the past months. These issues have always existed, but addressing them has become higher stakes than ever.
If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?
Something along the lines of what is my purpose, but only because I’m still trying to figure out what I want my future to look like. An absolute truth, though, would probably not capture the importance of trying things out and failing and learning more that is necessary to really know that answer.

If you have a theme song, what would it be?
I am a huge soundtrack fan and think theme songs work best when written for the specific situation/person/story/etc., so if I had to have one, I would probably ask whoever wanted said theme song to compose something new. This is probably why I don’t have a theme song.

In your opinion, who do you think is the most impressive person in the world right now, and why?
That’s such a tough question, as people can be so impressive in such different ways, and I think so many people have had to take on so much more than they should have had to over the past 6 months. Impressive does not feel like the right word, but I think I would say I’m grateful for the essential and frontline workers and want to recognize how crucial it is that they are actually compensated for the incredible work they are doing in a way that many of them are not right now.

What advice do you have for fellow or younger students?
I would say the biggest piece of advice is to be ok changing your plans if that feels like the right thing to do. I think I would be a very different person if I had stuck with the future I imagined entering college rather than changing my plans as I learned more about myself/the world around me.

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