Lydia is a highschool freshman from Boulder, CO. She will be helping with event marketing, managing social media and revising the Owning Up curriculum.
Meet Cultures of Dignity’s newest intern!
Cultures of Dignity: Tell us a little about yourself!
Lydia: I am 14 years old and just started my freshman year at Boulder High School. I was born in Boulder and have lived here ever since. I am a competitive rock climber and have been climbing for 12 years. Aside from climbing, in my free time, I like to spend time outside, hangout with friends and family, and play with my dog.
Cultures of Dignity: Why are you working with Cultures of Dignity?
I am very conscious about the miscommunication that can happen between teachers and students surrounding certain serious topics. I am excited to help brainstorm ways to help teachers feel more comfortable talking about these tough topics with their students.
Cultures of Dignity: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
If I could have any superpower, I would have the ability to stop time. I always feel like I am working against the clock to get stuff done. If I could stop time, I could always do stuff on my own schedule. For example, if I am feeling tired in the morning I could just pause time and go back to sleep for a few hours and wake up in time to get to school. Also, if I forgot to do a homework assignment or procrastinated a project for too long, I could just pause time before the assignment is due and give myself as much time as I need to complete it.
Cultures of Dignity: What projects will you be working on with Cultures of Dignity?
I will be working on editing and revising the Owning Up curriculum, helping manage social media, and event marketing.
Cultures of Dignity: What is an issue you see in schools you want to fix?
An issue that I really want to work towards fixing is the misunderstanding surrounding mental health. A lot of students have a basic understanding of the struggles people with certain mental illnesses deal with, but they don’t realize how serious it can actually be. Throughout school, I hear many people say stuff like “I’m so nervous about a test I am going to have an anxiety attack” or “I’m so depressed because I got a worse score than I wanted on an assignment.” Using these terms so lightly can make people who actually struggle with these mental illnesses feel like their feelings are invalid.
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