Why did you decide to do a TEDx talk?

I saw a way that anybody could make their voice heard, and wanted to make sure that people knew how to do this in an effective way. It’s basically all about how you can fit a 5 paragraph persuasive essay in 140 characters. Events like the Women’s March stemmed from single posts, and I want people to know that even if they aren’t an influential government figure, they can make a difference.

If you could change something about Skyline, what would it be?

Skyline is very lucky to have an abundance of resources; I just wish that they were used differently. I’d much rather see money being put into mental health outreach or scholarships for underprivileged students to take AP exams, than more sports displays in the hall. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that either.

Your TEDx talk is about social media and activism. Why did you focus on social media and human rights?

Social media is something almost all of us are a part of, so not only is it accessible, it’s relatable. I’m a firm believer that anyone can use those platforms to their advantage. The only issue is, a lot of people don’t know how. My talk is almost like a soft rubric for activism on the internet. I want everyone to be able to take advantage of their access to the world and make their voice heard.

What is something you hope to achieve in your life?

I’d like to spend my adult years doing what I am now but on a higher level. Right now I’m working on mental health outreach here at Skyline as well as providing free pads and tampons in every girls bathroom. I also run the Peer Advice Initiative, which is an outlet for anyone to ask questions and receive advice. While doing this on a school-wide level does make an impact on a large group of people, in the future I’d like to lead programs that affect even more people. With such an ever-changing political climate it’s difficult to say what I’ll end up doing, but I know it will be something that helps others on a large scale.