Erika

Student Board member (18)

Throughout middle school, I experienced insecurity and loneliness. I felt invisible in the crowd of cliques and would often eat lunch with my teachers. I would come home from school, look in the mirror, and always find something to criticize. These behaviors ate away at me, making me feel worthless. Thankfully, change came towards the end of 8th grade when I started Taekwondo. Taekwondo gave me a purpose in the world and taught me the value of confidence. I learned to connect with others by first connecting with myself. Since then, I have become a captain of my taekwondo demonstration team and opened a photography business, both through which I strive to inspire positive change in people’s lives.