Welcome to my Junior Seminar portfolio. Below, you will find a brief
description of the most important events in my life. The internal links above will take
you to my Semester 1 and Semester 2 pages. These contain artifacts from the various units
we covered this year.
Everyone has a few choice moments that shape their lives.
Whether it’s a choice they made, an occurrence of chance, or something they strived for,
these moments are everything. Here are some of my own:
On February 15th, 2008, at the age of 5, I moved from my suburban home in
Minnesota to a small house surrounded by cornfields in Wisconsin. My world had expanded
rapidly, and so had the rest of my life. Without the move, things could have gone quite
differently. After living in a small town for over 10 years, my ways of thinking have
In 2010, when I was in third grade, my mother made me try out for the Christmas
was putting on that year. At first, I resented her for it, but
after getting multiple parts and working alongside professional actors, a love for acting
blossomed within me and I continue to be involved in the performing arts to this day.
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, I went to the hospital for 2 days and 2 nights,
learning how to treat my newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. As the only student in the
entire district with the disease and no school nurse, I felt utterly isolated. My mother,
determined to make a change, spent years petitioning the school to hire a nurse.
Eventually, I hopped on board the Type 1 Diabetes support bandwagon—in my own way.
I spoke at the annual Department of Public Instruction Nurses’ Convention in the state
capitol about the hardships children with Type 1 Diabetes face in school, especially
when they have no one to support them. After that, I spoke at multiple local Lion’s
meetings about Type 1 Diabetes, eventually making a video for them to show at their
district meeting. Advocating for this condition had become a regular part in my life now.
Some people choose to sulk in self-pity when faced with life-long diagnoses.
I choose to make a difference.
After all of these moments—and more—that have changed my life and shaped who I am, here
is what we are left with: a young woman who lives for theater, is passionate about
standing up for a cause, and is determined to make a difference in the world.
Beyond all these profound findings, I still have basic pleasures in my life.
I enjoy listening to any music—but prefer punk rock and heavy metal— writing novels and
short stories, reading books, hanging out with friends, and spending time with family.