Wow, this is such a sweet prompt. I think they would describe as a hustler because I am relentless in pursuit of my dreams. I want to be a jack-of-all trades when it comes to UX design, storytelling, advising, and higher education, and I want it all to be set to really good music, preferably Drake circa 2009 and maybe even some Fall Out Boy if I’m willing to acknowledge my emo side. I think I would be described as someone who comes of as tough even though I’m really a softie who wants to spend the rest of my life building others up through affirming words (and sometimes articles). I love to share and talk and ask questions, but only because I believe in giving a little piece of myself to every person I meet. I like to share stories of my past, but mostly to create connections or get other people to laugh – and if someone ever calls me funny, I’ll grin from ear to ear because nothing means more. The right people will say that I’m honest and authentic and demand respect from people in my life because it’s my promise to everyone else. So, here’s to recognizing my own worth and surround myself with people who care about me and my time.
I can be selfish too – sometimes, I put my schoolwork or jobs above everyone else, but if you ever call me in need of a pep talk. Sometimes, I forget to go easy on myself because I feel like I need to hustle harder every single day just to be seen. But still, I will be drop everything in a heartbeat when someone I love needs me. I hope the people I love would say I would have a kind heart and a good head above my shoulders, and I make their lives a little bit happier, sweeter, or more positive.
I love this question – it’s a reminder that I am valuable to my friends and people I interact with – it’s really important to engage in a little bit of self-love, I think, so cheers to that. We’re wrapping up week 2 of this academic quarter (if we’re using zero-based indexing – can you tell that I’m taking a coding class?) and I feel fine. I’m lucky to be creating community through my major and spending 14 hours a week reading people’s essays and helping them tell their story a little bit more vividly.
Reminders of the week: Love doesn’t stop or leave when people leave us, and that’s the beauty of it all. This is a reminder to me that waiting doesn’t have to be sad or lonely – we’re all waiting for the right moment and series of opportunities and people, and all of these things occur in due time and at times that make sense. It’s amazing and wonderful and awesome to be surrounded by people who tell me this. It’s good to know that I really am doing my best – taking 19 credits, diving into research, working 3 jobs, jumping into UCD and group projects and 1:1s with people in tech because I want to make the most of my career and life. One day, I’ll find a life partner who’s willing to go through it all with me – but for now, I’m thankful for love that occurs in every other form: my friends, tutees, group members, and co-workers. As long as we’re doing our best, what else could we ask of ourselves?
There’s so much love to talk about, and I get to have it all with green tea and soft blankets and oversized turtlenecks.
Song of the moment: Therapy by Khalid (always good) and goosebumps by Travis Scott