What have you found?
"Well physically, I found an orange. Up here,* I've found that there is a lot more to missions than I thought. I always thought you just kind of went for it, but there's a lot of training and preparation on my end that I need to do."
*Interviewed at a retreat for students going on mission trips
What changed your life?
"Wow, that's a vague question. Let's see... I'm going to say Dr. Gregory Elder. He's a Catholic priest who was also my first history professor at community college. He inspired me to want to teach. He cussed like no other and was the funniest guy. I always thought, "I want to be that guy when I grow up." Kind of. He's a little bigger than I want to be... He's just so unique, but I want to teach like that guy. That's what changed my life, or who changed my life, I guess. I changed your question."
State Route 18, California
What did you lose?
"I've had some difficulties after I graduated high school with who I was and what my faith was. Like who I was in God and who I was as a a woman and a lot of different ideas about faith and spirituality and what it meant to be a Christian. It was just really difficult for a while trying to figure out if I was an atheist because I had a lot of anger at God. I was just going through the motions of going on mission trips and trying my best at having faith in God and being a good Christian. It sucked and I do feel a little like I lost the conviction that I had in a lot of ways, but I found something in learning about social justice and learning about God's justice. There's still a loss of almost innocence and faith that I used to have. I'm still trying to figure it out."
"Life happened. Here I am, 5'10", 165 lbs. and 3 oz. How did I get here? I blinked."
San Bernardino, California
Who has had the greatest influence in your life?
"Anthony Bourdain because he is probably my favorite travel writer and food consumer. All of his shows and books are just fantastic and full of wisdom. He's very unafraid to be who he is in every aspect, like cursing. He's a wonderful influence for travel writers."
You have an hour to live, what do you do?
"I'd say goodbye to everyone. I'd write letters, call family, loved ones, anyone and tell them I love them. I'd say sorry for anything that may have offended them. I'd say thank you for all the memories."
How do you want to be remembered when you die?
"I don't know... I've never thought about it. I guess as someone who supported her friends and was always there for them whenever they needed me."
How can you help?
"I'd say by taking time everyday to be intentional about whatever cause that you're interested in helping with. Definitely sacrificing that time and talking about it with other people is a good way to help."