As Elery adapts to her new job at the publishing firm, she looks back on her previous job at the local bookstore. The skills she gained stacking books may be more useful than she thought.
Emmy Cai is a 16-year-old junior in high school. She enjoys learning about the laws of physics and U.S. history. Over the year, during the pandemic, Emmy learned to paint using acrylics and watercolor. Her first painting was of ski mountains. She also started baking and she’s still searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Some seasonal hobbies she enjoys are skiing and swimming. Over the course of this year, Emmy hopes to learn about writing opportunities and contests as well as improve her writing style.
This year, I focused a lot on self-discovery and the idea of experience over success. It was an unexpected journey that unfolded with time. A piece I wrote at the beginning of the year, “Brush of Freedom,” revolved around the idea of letting go of past ideas of success– academically, socially, etc. Many classes that I attended through Girls Write Now helped me along this journey. It made me realize that there is more than one way to success. The story is not always the same, nor is it linear. I hoped to
Lost in Translation
As a Chinese American, growing up in a predominately white environment was challenging towards my identity—especially at school. As I get older, I am able to appreciate the beauty of my culture.