Friday, January 10, 2020

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Raven's Story


Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.
Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about her experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.
Girl Scout Alum Raven was a Girl Scout for 7 years and continues to volunteer with Girl Scouts of Nassau County in a variety of ways. 
Name: Raven Brewington
Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County


Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?
To say Girl Scouts changed my life is an understatement. My fondest memories revolve around Camp Blue Bay. I can remember the songs, campfires, swimming and crafts, not to mention all of the friendships I gained. I was able to blossom into the outgoing young woman I am today. Eventually my friends and fellow Girl Scouts from my troop would join me summer after summer to make memories we would enjoy for a lifetime.

Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?
While Girl Scouts did not directly impact my career choice, it instilled in me the dedication to give back and inspire young women. I have consistently mentored and volunteered with Girl Scouts as an adult. From coaching softball during college in Philadelphia to volunteering at PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT where I encouraged young women and girls to live active and healthy lifestyles. Eventually I became a Troop Leader in my hometown of Elmont after graduating with my Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University.                      
What Girl Scout skills have you used in your college/professional life?
I can always thank Girl Scouts for teaching me skills I needed to be successful in any endeavor. The importance and knack for networking, communication, and entrepreneurship were not things I knew I was gaining through my time as a Girl Scout. From the badges, trips, and various activities we engaged in, I unknowingly learned things that ultimately shaped my values and the way I carry myself. I am more confident, adventurous, inquisitive, and independent because of Girl Scouts; being a leader wherever I am has become natural to me and I have Girl Scouts to thank for that.

Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?
I continue to be a Troop Leader in Elmont, Delegate Chair for the Elmont Service Unit and National Delegate for Girl Scouts of Nassau County because I value the mission, vision and values of Girl Scouts. I am proud to be a part of an organization that builds up women and girls. I have been able to create my own event partnering GSNC and PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT. The Annual Girl Scout Fitness Party is a one of a kind experience to inspire and motivate young women and girls to improve the world by developing leadership skills through wellness. Recently I represented the United States at the Sangam World Centre for the 2019 Juliette Low Seminar. We had the opportunity to #LeadOutLoud and learn about leadership mindsets and the 5th Sustainable Development Goal, Gender Equality. The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."

What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
I will always encourage younger Girl Scouts to be brave and try new things. We all have the strength inside of us to overcome our fears and be the best at whatever we put our mind to. Girl Scouts helped me realize if I wasn’t brave enough to try new things, I would not get to where I wanted to be.

If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?
You are smart, you are beautiful, and you have a brighter future than you can see right now. It is okay to not know all the answers, love your differences, and embrace change. I am happy that through life experiences I was able to understand these things, however, being able to hear them at an earlier age may have impacted my outlook on life as well.

What is one item you always carry with you?
I am very sentimental so I always have 3 pieces of jewelry on me at all times. A ring from my god-mother who always told me to be true to myself. A bracelet from my grandmother who constantly put others before herself and showed me that being selfless will get you further in life than being selfish ever could. And last, I always wear my necklace gifted to me by my mother. She is my number one fan and my support system. Having them with me at all times gives me the support I need to conquer any obstacle and get me through any situation I may face.

Tell us a little about yourself. How long were you a Girl Scout? Did you participate in any special Girl Scout groups and/or school teams/clubs? What are you passionate about?
I joined as a Daisy and continued until the Cadette level, totally 7 years as a Girl Member. I was heavily involved in activities in high school from band, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, Key Club and being a captain of the varsity softball team throughout High School. While I never received any of the Girl Scout Higher Awards, I am most proud of continuing as an Adult Member and keeping my promise to become a Lifetime Member
After graduating college, I continued my passion for health and wellness. I worked at a premier fitness gym prior to entering my career in healthcare at Weill Cornell Medicine and eventually acquiring my Master of Health Administration at Hofstra University. I am excited to continue volunteering in my community and mentoring young women.


Friday, December 20, 2019

A Holiday Message from Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC)



During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have,
like our Girl Scouts, volunteers, families, and community partners.

We hope your holidays will be filled with
joy and laughter through the New Year.

Happy Holidays
from your friends at
Girl Scouts of Nassau County! 





We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 23, 000 strong – more than 16,900 girls and 5,100 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™  from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.  And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. 
To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsnc.org.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Bonnie's Story

Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.


Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.


Girl Scout Alum Bonnie was a Girl Scout for 8 years and continues to volunteer with Girl Scouts of Nassau County in a variety of ways. As a Gold Award Mentor, she guides Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors as they work toward the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Girl Scout Gold Award.


Name: Bonnie Parente

Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County



Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories:



If I had to pick a memory that stands out, it would be difficult, so here are my top three: (1) fishing off the pier at the Port Washington Town Dock, (2) walking through Manhattan using the “buddy system” and (3) getting lost in the corn maze at Camp Tekakwitha in Suffolk County. 



About 45 years ago, I started Girl Scouts as one of the original Tag-Alongs. I was in kindergarten and my mom started a Girl Scout Brownie troop for my older sister Patti. This was even before Girl Scout Daisies existed. I was included in the troop by default. My mom always did a great job of keeping a multi-grade troop so she could do things with both of us.



My mom let us put tents up in the backyard when we were too young to go camping, but she didn’t skimp out on planning. We still had to pack correctly, wear bandanas on our heads to prevent ticks, and we learned how to prepare a bed roll so that everything you needed was rolled into your sleeping bag. Eventually, we camped at Camp Blue Bay and Camp Tekakwitha.



Years later, when looking for the right confirmation name as I was getting ready for confirmation at Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, I was given a book of saints by my Grandmother Mary Santosus (my dad’s mom). The first Native American saint had just recently been canonized and her name was Kateri Tekakwitha! In that moment, I chose Tekakwitha as my confirmation name. It tied in so many important parts of my life, including my life as a Girl Scout. Just recently, a very special person in my life gifted me a statue of St. Tekakwitha. To think it all started for me in a corn maze and now she’s with me everywhere. A great reminder of my time in Girl Scouts.



My mom was the greatest Girl Scout leader!! She took us to Manhattan for shows at a time when most moms would have been nervous to take 25 girls on a train and subway into New York City. To this day, my friends’ moms tell me how much they appreciated how much my mom did to expose their daughters to new adventures, and to show them they could do anything. No trip was too big for our troop. We visited Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and the Statue of Liberty. These trips are daunting to plan for some people today, and my mom did it before cell phones and the internet. When looking back at this, I realize that my mom, just by doing these things, taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do. As a leader, she showed patience, organization, planning, and many other skills.



These memories are what I wanted for my children and so, I became a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout leader for my daughter and son. I only hoped that I could do even a fraction of what my leader/mom did for me.



If I had to pick out a memory that stands out, it would be difficult, so let me do my top three: (1) fishing off the pier at the Port Washington Town Dock, (2) walking through Manhattan using the “buddy system” and (3) getting lost in the corn maze at Camp Tekakwitha in Suffolk County. 





Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?

I still remember that my leader opened every single meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Promise. We ended each meeting with a song, some of which I still hum along to today. This appreciation for meetings and how things get accomplished has stayed with me and I credit my years in Girl Scouts for bringing me to my current position as Mayor of East Williston.



My one regret might have been that I did not go for the Girl Scout Gold Award. I don’t think it was talked about much in my community at the time, but if I had one piece of advice for a younger Girl Scout, go for Gold and don’t do anything small just to check it off a list. Do everything bigger than it needs to be. 



Do you have advice for younger Girl Scouts?

Yes, wear your uniform proudly! This goes for the leader too. As a leader, I always wore a green sweater (later navy) and a Girl Scout scarf. Before I had the scarf, I always had on my pin tab. If we can’t show our colors proudly, how can we expect our children too? I’ve noticed over the years that the kids who tuck in their little league shirts and always wear their full uniform or vest (with all necessary accessories) are prouder and more serious about what they’re doing. It even may lead to proudly wearing a uniform in the future (military, fire, police, doctor scrubs. . .). When you do something, do it full on!



Why do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts?

In my volunteer position as Gold Award mentor, I have been given two wonderful opportunities. One is to work with young women from all areas of Nassau County and the other is to work with some incredible adults. As a mentor, I have been able to work with young women who have grown up in different environments, with varying skills and obstacles, and they all have one thing in common—Girl Scouting! The girls all find a way to take the foundation they’ve received in life, the gifts they were given, and the challenges they’ve faced, all to achieve one common goal of the highest award in Girl Scouts. My eyes were opened in many ways by these young women.



The other opportunity that I’ve had is to work with women with diverse gifts, skills, backgrounds, and challenges that are seen throughout the landscape of the Girl Scouts. And despite the diversity, there is always one common ground… wanting to give back by mentoring young women. I’m in awe of the young women I’ve met and in even greater awe of the women I’ve met and worked with. I feel very blessed to be a Gold Award Mentor with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County.

If were a Girl Scout and would like to join Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Girl Scout Alum Network, email us at gsnetwork@gsnc.org.

Friday, December 6, 2019

What an AWSM Opportunity



Did you know that Girls in 10th and 11th grades have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in partnership with Advancing Women in Science and Medicine (AWSM)? Those picked for this program work side by side under the mentorship of AWSM Faculty and research a topic of their choice. Hear firsthand from Girl Scout Katie G. as she shares about her experience. 



How did you hear about this opportunity?
I had originally known only about the regular Feinstein high school internship program, and had no idea a specialized GirlScout opportunity existed until a friend of the family—who happens to be a troop leader—told me about it over summer break. She knew I loved research and thought it would give me a chance to take part in it on a professional level.


How did you get to be a part of this program?
First, my mom and I attended the open house and information session in October to find out more about the program. After what I knew I definitely wanted to apply, so I accessed the online application and began the process of filling it out. Any questions I had were quickly answered by either the Girl Scouts or Feinstein staff!



What research topic did you work on? 
I researched red blood cells, particularly their development from hematopoietic stem cells into mature red cells, and how disrupting this process affects the cell cycle as well as the growth late. Research is fluid, and ever-changing, so there is always another variable to be explored.



Why did you choose this one?
My own personal research delves into looking at biology from a computational standpoint. I felt that this could be applied to red cell research, particularly in the growth plate where there is a lot of movement that has the potential to be modelled and analyzed. The red cell field seemed less defined than others, as red cells are so inherently unique, and I wanted to be a part of this emerging research, and learn about these principles of biology.



Who did you get to work with?
I worked with an MD/PhD student from Hofstra named Elena Brindley. In the lab there were other PhD candidates all working under Dr. Blanc. Additionally, the lab works with the clinical side of anemia research, as the diamond blackfan anemia registry is in an adjacent office.


What did a typical day look like?
I would arrive anywhere from 9:00-10:00 and begin to work. My work depended on what part of the procedure I was doing, but I would often use machinery like the Western blot imager or microscope. I would have lunch at around 12:00, and over lunch I would occasionally attend educational seminars highlighting other medical research. After I was done for the day, usually between 3:30 and 5:30, I would go home.




What are some skills you gained from this experience?
I gained essential skills and learned many new things, refining my science and math skills. I became what can be called “lab-literate”, understanding how to conduct professional grade research, follow detailed procedure, and learning how to analyze and interpret results to draw conclusions and new hypotheses.



How do you plan to use these skills in the future?
These skills are essential considering I plan on pursuing math and science as a career. I intend to major in physics and computer science, and being able to work in a lab, having this real-life experience, gives me a huge advantage.



What advice do you have for a younger girl who might be interested in the STEM fields?
My advice for girls interested in STEM is that you must be confident in your abilities. Never

be discouraged if someone tells you that “it’s too difficult”, or implies that because you are a girl certain fields are too hard for you. That is absolutely wrong‑You have the power to do anything you believe you can do so set your expectations high. If you remain confident in your success, other people will be confident in you as well. Today, there is much less stigma against girls in science, but there remains an enormous gap between the number of men and women pursuing careers in STEM, particularly the applied sciences and engineering. Become a role model for future generations of young women so that they do not think twice about going into STEM, and remember that you are just as capable of succeeding as anyone else.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Imagine Your Possibilities STEM Conference Was a Big Success!

On Saturday, November 2, more than 60 Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes participated in our 6th annual “Imagine Your Possibilities” STEM Conference hosted by Hofstra University.

Keynote speaker Deb Henneberry from the Ninety-Nines female aviator group and Vaughn College kicked off the conference by sharing her inspiring journey that led her into the aviation field. The girls were then led by various Hofstra student volunteers to their chosen workshops that included:
  • discovering life in a drop of pond water
  • learning how sensations impact our perceptions
  • creating jewelry while learning about the role magnets play in our lives 
  • discovering the chemistry of metals 
  • appreciating the wonders of civil engineering, creating a robotic hand 
  • examining light rays in our galaxies 
  • harnessing wind energy
  • exploring how hydro-technology can feed the world 
We wrapped up the day with the girls sharing with each other what they learned in their workshops.

Special thank you to Hofstra University for your continued support of our STEM Conference and showing our Girl Scouts if they can imagine it, they can do it! Thank you to our speakers, workshop leaders, and volunteers for taking our girls on a STEM adventure! Keep on imagining the possibilities and make it your reality!

PINHOLE CAMERAS: NO LENS? NO PROBLEM!
led by Dr. Christina Lacey, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Hofstra University

CIVIL ENGINEERS: SHAPING THE WORLD WE LIVE IN?
led by Dr. Margaret Hunter, Associate Professor, Engineering, Hofstra University

THE CHEMISTRY OF METALS
led by Dr. Sabrina Sobel Professor, Chemistry, Hofstra University

SENSATION VS. PERCEPTION
led by Dr. Elisabeth Ploran, Associate Professor, Psychology, Hofstra University

WIND ENERGY IS A BREEZE!
led by Dr. Lynn Albers, Assistant Professor, Engineering, Hofstra University

STRONG ENOUGH TO LIFT A GALLON OF MILK, GENTLE
ENOUGH TO PICK UP AN EGG: BUILDING A ROBOTIC HAND
led by Nancy Setzler

THE HIDDEN LIFE IN POND WATER
led by
Dr. Jessica Santangelo, Assistant Professor, Biology,
Hofstra University

LEDS MAGNETS AND MAGNETIC JEWELRY
led by 
Katrina Rook-Pietraski, Ph.D., Process Engineering Manager,
Veeco Instruments, Inc.


AQUAPONICS, HYDROPONICS AND AEROPONICS:
USING TECHNOLOGY TO FEED THE WORLD
led by
Diane M. Williams, MS, PMP, CSM, Program Manager, Science Technology
Entry Program, Office of Student Administration, New York Institute of Technology


Friday, November 8, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Melanie's Story


How Troop Meetings, Council Activities, Girl Scout Leaders, and the Girl Scout Gold Award Have Helped Melanie Become the Leader She Is Today!


Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.


Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure, full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.


Girl Scout Alum Melanie was a Girl Scout for 11 years and continues on as an Adult Lifetime Member.

Name: Melanie Sinesi
Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?

Being a Girl Scout is part of the fabric of my identity, having learned many of life’s lessons, teachable moments, and the importance of community service over my many years as a Girl Scout. I started Girl Scouting at the Brownie level, making my way to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The life lesson that Girl Scouting has taught me (and I am still learning and paying forward) is the power of the GIRL, or in preferred Girl Scouting terms, G (go-getter), I (innovator), R (risk-taker), and L (leader.) My favorite Girl Scout memories include my time spent in the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chorus, camping at Camp Blue Bay, and recently having the honor and opportunity to meet the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Sylvia Acevedo. One of my recent highlights was keynoting the 2018 Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony. In my remarks, I reflected on my personal challenges with navigating a career choice and the power of volunteering. My most important piece of advice to the graduating Girl Scouts, was to explore every potential opportunity and never forget to lend a hand to your female colleagues.


Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?
YES, Girl Scouts had a huge impact on my career choice. After starting my studies at Stony Brook University with the goal of pursuing a medical degree, I soon realized it was not for me. Fast forward to graduation…I applied for an internship with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office, and the rest is history. My Gold Award project (and Girl Scouting) taught me to be a leader and an innovator (back to the GIRL agenda), and I credit much of my career’s success to these skills. My troop leader throughout my Girl Scout career was the breadwinner for her family, a mother of 2, and still made time for troop activities and service. Seeing that level of determination and drive at a young age, consistently reminded me to reach for the stars. Today I continue to work in government, a career that embodies service and ambition.


What Girl Scout skills have you used in your college/professional life?
At an early age, being a Girl Scout meant public speaking and community-based activities. My career requires both of these actions each and every day. Girl Scouting taught me the power of a troop, and the power of girls who are passionate. Over the past few years I have been lucky to have had incredible female bosses and colleagues, and to witness the power of women at the table.


Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?
Yes! I believe it is my time to start “paying it forward” and give back to Girl Scouts. I served as the Delegate Chair for my association, acting as the liaison between Council and the Bay Association for several years. After I completed my term, I joined the Board DevelopmentCommittee, Delegate Communications Committee, and was given the great honor of being chosen as a National Delegate for 2020.


What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
The Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards aren’t meant to be easy. It is this determination and strength at a young age that will give you the tools you need to succeed later in life.


What is one item you always carry with you?
I keep a notebook everywhere I go. I have one on my bedside table, one for the car, one at work, and one always in my purse. Great ideas don’t always strike when you need them, be prepared to jot down the answer wherever you may be!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Carlie's Story

Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.

Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure, full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.

Girl Scout Alum, Carlie was a Girl Scout for 13 years and continues on as an Adult Lifetime Member.

Name: Carlie Mendoza
Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?
My time as a Girl Scout is filled with such great memories and experiences. Some of my favorites include being one of the voices (as a part of the GSNC Chorus) in the background music of a Dove commercial that aired during the 2006 Super Bowl XL, making an original rap music video with one of my sisters about the Fall Products program, and being on the Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookie packaging.

My proudest accomplishment is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, for which I aimed to bring diversity awareness about various Asian cultures to my community. Above all, I am most grateful for the special bond that I was able to foster with my mom (who was also my troop leader), the supportive organization that I was welcomed into, and the lifelong sisterhood that I can always depend on.

Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?
After high school, I majored in biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, then pursued a Master of Science degree with a focus in cancer biology. I am currently a second-year osteopathic medical student. Although it didn’t directly impact my career choice, Girl Scouts “builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” I believe that my collective experiences as a Girl Scout were integral to the journey that I took to a career in healthcare, and were influential in shaping me into the woman that I am today.

What Girl Scout skills have you used in your college/professional life?
Growing up, I used to be very shy. When I was around my family or close friends, I had no trouble being a talkative and giggly little girl. But around other kids, and adults especially, I was quiet and it would take me awhile to open up. Fast forward a few years and you could find me on a stage with the GSNC Chorus, singing in front of an audience of 250,000+ people for the “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall” in Washington D.C., or being interviewed by a news channel on live TV with the GSNC Media Girls.

I’ve become more confident when it comes to striking up new conversations at professional networking events, and more comfortable at public speaking. I’ve run for and held various leadership positions in college clubs, and even entered a speech competition. Girl Scouts provided me with a safe and encouraging environment to step out of my comfort zone and be bold in my actions.

Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?
Through Girl Scouts, I learned about advocacy and governance. I participated in the 2008 GSUSA National Council Session and 51st Convention in Indianapolis as a Girl Scout Leadership Institute attendee, and the 2011 GSUSA National Council Session and 52nd Convention in Houston as a Girl Delegate. Then in 2017, I had the opportunity to represent our council as an Adult delegate at the GSUSA National Council Session and 54th Convention in Columbus.

I would love to get even more involved! Girl Scouts provided me with inspiring role models and I want to be a part of that with the next generation of female leaders. One day, I hope to become a troop leader, just like my mom, if I’m so lucky to have a daughter of my own.

What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
“Pursue what you love and stand up for what you believe in.”

If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?
“Be courageous in the face of the unfamiliar. Some risks are worth taking.”

What is one item you always carry with you?
A compact mirror! My mom once told me that I should always carry a mirror with me because they can deflect negative energy. And even if I didn’t believe in that, I’ll smile whenever I see my mirror because it reminds me of her.

Tell us a little about yourself. How long were you a Girl Scout? Did you participate in any special Girl Scout groups and/or school teams/clubs? What are you passionate about?
In kindergarten, I joined as a Daisy and continued up through the Ambassador level, which totals to 13 years. I have received the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Throughout my experience, I was involved in the GSNC Media Girls, Chorus, Girls Leading Girls, and Asian Task Force. By senior year of high school, I was President of the Science National Honor Society, Co-President of the Language Other Than English (LOTE) Honor Society, Vice President of Induction of the National English Honor Society, Public Relations Officer of Pre-Med club, Co-Captain of the Varsity Badminton Team, and on the Varsity Bowling Team.

Now, I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. I am passionate about health and wellness. I was first introduced to indoor rock climbing as a Junior through an Service Unit event. Recently, my focus has been on staying active while balancing studying in medical school, so I took up bouldering as a hobby. This sport is both physically and mentally challenging, which is great when I want to step away from the books or de-stress after an exam.