Today, The Girl Narrative released our November addition: our article with the extraordinary young activist Leah Juliett. The following blog will talk a little bit about who Leah Juliett is and why I decided to interview them.
The March Against Revenge Porn is a “cyber-civil organization” started by a young, queer survivor for other survivors of varying identities. Their intention behind the organization is to “combat revenge porn through federal lobbying, cyber-sex-education, and a series of nationwide protests.” Continue reading →
The Girl Narrative launches May 1st at 11:00pm……that means I have 29 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes and 38 seconds (and counting) until it launches and all of my focus is targeted towards doing whatever I need to do to allow it to launch on time.
My graphic designer has begun to polish the design, my web designer has the formatting complete and is beginning to set up the website, and I am transferring story after story into article form.
It is hard to not look down at my countdown and not immediately drop whatever I am doing and begin working on my project yet again. I find myself always wanting to go back to it… I always want to develop it and I never want to stop working on it.
It is now 29 days, 2 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds until The Girl Narrative launches (yes….this is how I have been since April 1st).
I am both elated and utterly terrified. I am constantly going through the list of things that could go wrong, and the thought of someone being inspired by this organization.
So I put my focus forward for the week:
I have two interviews this week (One of which is Gauri Kapoor, Founder and CEO of The Girl and I)
I am transferring all of my interviews from audio to text (using Transcribe)
I am setting up social media platforms (a Facebook, an Instagram, and a Twitter)
I am having my web designer set up the basics of the website
And…I am remembering to breathe.
So I breathe and always keep going forward. Through lists and baby steps comes the bigger picture. Just because the finish line is getting closer, doesn’t mean I lose my pace.
Inspired by staying calm,
Founder and CEO of The Girl Narrative
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When getting onto a highway, you are told to accelerate to the speed of traffic. If you don’t, you’re going to be hit. I am currently in the process of re-entering the highway and returning to my routine which is full of adrenaline and always followed by late nights.
So I’m going back to my lists and going back to my goals: I’m switching from collecting my content to creating a product, and I am left asking myself three essential questions: What do I have? What is my plan for the rest of this semester? What do I need to change?
What do I have?
I have a fair amount of completed interviews (10), these interviewees have not signed and returned their release statements yet
I have 2 more interviews locked in and schedule for this next week
I am in the process of scheduling 10 interviews and that number grows every day
My logo is in the final stages
I have obtained an Innovation Grant from Westtown School
I have a graphic designer, a web designer, and a photographer
I have a rough idea about the format for my website
I have had to move up my timeline and accelerate the process of my project due to my rapid increase of interviewees. My previous list is what I hoped to have by the end of the semester, but I have far surpassed that. Now comes the harder part…
What is my plan?
Convert the stories that I have into full articles within the next two weeks using the software system Transcribe
Have a clear format for my website to give to my web designer so she can set up the website
Find more team members and continue to build my board of directors
Speak to a lawyer to discuss donations, release statements, and the like
Publish the website on April 30th
In preparing for this to-do list…I have to put my game face on. I need to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint.
What am I going to change?
I cannot do this all on my own, that has been clear to me now, but gaining more team members is something I need to do
I need to listen a little less. Every person I consult with has an opinion on my project, but I also need to remember that I have the final say in my organization.
Somewhat contrasting to the previous point….I need to be less defensive of my project and remember that this will only be as great as it can be with the help of a team
So….I have completed what I wanted to do in a semester in a few weeks and my organization is taking shape…and I am accelerating to the speed of traffic.
As I am preparing for my interviews by writing and formulating questions, I am beginning to look at the picture I want to paint.
Someone once told me that prepping for an interview tells half of the story, but what story do I want to tell? How can I tell it truthfully and not manipulate it while also showing the details and tones I want the world to see?Continue reading →
Sex education needs serious renovations – dare I say an overhaul. We are failing to teach students how to keep their bodies happy, healthy, and safe. Here are four reasons why sex education is failing students in Pennsylvania and across the nation: Continue reading →
Last semester I was able to reach a large majority of my goals. This year, the Independent Seminar is not built into my schedule. I added it on top of 6 other courses because of my dedication to advancing sex education in this country. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m tight with time, but still have a long list of goals. This semester I’m focusing on financial planning, team expansion, and event planning. Continue reading →
For many students, the summer is a time primarily to relax and binge watch the latest Netflix shows. Don’t get me wrong, I did do my fair share of relaxing in St. Croix and plowing through episodes of Shameless. But most of my time was spent working. Both on my nonprofit and full-time job at Jaco Taco.Continue reading →
I titled my first blog here for this semester’s independent research on the commercial aviation industry “the stories behind the metal birds.” The past few months were a blink. Now, at the end of May, I am sitting in front of my laptop composing my last blog entry. But before I revisit the “stories” I have looked over the course of my work, I want to first share a story about how I personally came to be fascinated by the airline industry.
Afternoon view of the Hollywood Hills (picture taken by myself in January 2017)
As a continuation of my previous discussions about United Express Flight 3411, Part II includes a closer examination of the incident from perspectives of both United Airlines and today’s commercial aviation industry.
The end of Part I seems to suggest an easily-reached conclusion: since clauses regarding overbooking are specified in the contract of carriage, airlines could as easily deny a passenger to board if they see a greater economic interest in selling more tickets or accommodating other last-minute top-tier frequent flyers or VIPs. As long as airlines see a smaller marginal cost to denying a “regular passenger” onboard, they are free to do so within the legal frame. And in the case of United Express Flight 3411, the “VIPs” were four “deadhead crew” who needed to fly from their base in Chicago to Louisville to serve another flight. Again, what the crew on that flight did was perfectly legal: after 9/11, for security reasons, on U.S. commercial aircrafts, crew members are given the absolute authority and failure to comply with any of their instructions could result in the intervention of law enforcement. But this time, with the rapid spread of this incident’s footage on the Internet, the marginal cost of denying David Dao skyrocketed.
Lufthansa 747-8 at Frankfurt Airport (picture taken by myself in March 2017)
We live in a digital age that relies on social media for business and social outreach. The internet has allowed for a regular conglomeration of millions of people per day on the same platform connecting and engaging with friends, advertisements, businesses, and public figures alike. For anyone creating a nonprofit, business, or awareness campaign, Facebook is a key tool that should be utilized to the fullest. Here are my top tips and tricks for using Facebook’s various features to the fullest. These tips will allow you to increase engagement and reach more people.Continue reading →