“For me, being powerful means that I am sure of myself and ready to embrace ambiguity and take on my fears.”

BACKGROUND

“I am originally from Orange County California. I have an older sister and younger brother. I’ve played volleyball my whole life. Being active and listening to music has always been empowering for me. I went to the same school most of my life. I’m studying undergraduate business. Both my parents are doctors, but I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor a long time ago. My dad’s an ER doctor so he would come home with crazy stories. My brother loved the stories, but I was not a fan. In high school, my strengths were in math. I have always been interested in finance and combining my math skills with other interests.

BEING POWERFUL

For me, being powerful means that I am sure of myself and ready to embrace ambiguity and take on my fears. Being happy with myself allows me to feel confident and powerful. When you believe in yourself, it’s so empowering. Sometimes I tell myself “I am awesome and can do this,” and that makes me remember I am more powerful than I think. Music makes me feel this way.

MUSIC

Music makes me feel happy, excited, and powerful. I love music because it always puts me in a good mood and makes me happy. I love music to which I can dance. When I’m dancing I am in a happy mood and I feel powerful. Being happy makes me feel like I can take on the world. I don’t have one specific artist I love or one song. There are a lot that I love and it changes over time. I often like the songs and artists that aren’t the most popular, but are still fun and catchy. In high school I had some friends that were really into music and when I went to Coachella the first time, in high school, and saw the power of music and how it can bring so many people together, it made me realize how music can connect and empower a lot of people with different cultures and interests. It was so cool to stand around with people from so many different backgrounds, how people came from all over the world to see music and experience the energy that comes with live music. Some of my favorite artists and songs include the following:

She Sets The City on Fire by Gavin DeGraw

Forget The Lies by Quietdrive

What Would I Change It To (feat. AlunaGeorge) by Avicii

Good Nights (feat. Mascolo) by Whethan

Pumping Up Clouds by Urban Cone”