I was a PFO teen from 2011-2013 during my junior and senior years in high school. When in PFO, I was a co-chair of the Winter Ball Committee, the Concert Committee, and was a Small Group Leader. My experiences in PFO made up a huge part of my high school experience that allowed me to make awesome friends, step out of my comfort zone, and grow as a leader.

After graduating high school, I went to UNC Chapel Hill. Although I wasn’t sure about my major, I was able to take interesting classes and join various clubs and organizations. One of those was AIESEC, a leadership development platform that facilitates global exchange. My leadership experience in PFO gave me the background and confidence to travel abroad alone for the first time, to Colombia and then to Greece. In Colombia, I spent 3 weeks teaching english to high school students, and in Greece, I spent 6 weeks working as a marketing manager for an HIV prevention center.

After my first semester of Junior year, I made the decision to take my spring semester off of school to pursue two internship opportunities at home in Charlotte. I’m currently interning at an advertising agency, and also at PFO! The positive and friendly atmosphere from PFO had a powerful impact on me as a teen, and I feel so fortunate to be able to experience it again, now from the perspective of a staff member.

What is your favorite PFO event?
My favorite event would have to be any buddy event! I loved the red carpet event when we walked down the red carpet together and when we played with other PFO buddies at Freedom Park. I looked forward to every buddy event, and always left feeling happier than before!

What did you learn in PFO?
In PFO, I learned so many valuable life skills ranging from leadership to self love. PFO taught me the importance of positive thinking and personal values, but also the importance of communication and leadership.

What are you passionate about now?
Social justice, cooking/food, travel, early 2000s pop music, equality, music festivals, ending the exotic animal trade, Disney World.