What was your favorite event?
The meet your buddy event every year is my favorite event because for me, it has the most transformation from start to finish. A kid who would hardly look at you at first, could be holding your hand as you run through the water park together by the end. There’s no limit to what can happen when you are PLAYing for others 🙂

What did you learn in PFO that still impacts you today?
Working on a leadership team not only gave me confidence in my skills as a leader but let me realize that my ideas were valuable and taught me how to express and implement them in a group in a successful and efficient way. This has been irreplaceable in taking control of the direction of my life after living on my own. More than that I learned to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Constantly re-evaluating who I am and what difference I want to make with my life has helped me take risks and live a life according to what I am passionate about, things I couldn’t do without PFO.

What are you passionate about now?
I am still very passionate about visual art and have continued to make art after PFO but have a newfound love for geography, specifically the study of languages and cultures and how they combine and interact with each other. I have yet to figure out how this will solidify in my future but right now I look forward to exploring ways to build community among people who are different from each other and celebrating the rich diversity that’s in our country.