18 Things I learned in 2018 – Part 1

Every year is filled with new experiences, people, and places, and with these are the inevitable lessons that we learn along the way. Here are mine.

  1. You cannot get through life on your own.

As much as I want to be an individual who takes pride in knowing that they can march triumphant through life without help from others, this is impossible. I am coming more and more into the realization that I was not made to get through life on my own. I need God and I need people. I am still a strong and independent individual but every warrior needs an army.

2. Physicality is not everything.

In 2018, I went through moments of insecurity, dissatisfaction, and constant comparison of my body/physical attributes. However, these moments were rivaled with factual thought that on my death bed, my hope won’t be that people remember me for how I looked or who thought I was pretty but what I accomplished and who I touched and helped. Also while I wish for a certain characteristic that someone else has, that same person has probably felt moments of insecurity towards that feature or wishes for a feature that someone else has. Basically, life is too short and beautiful to focus on how we look. At the end of the day, you may not like your height but there is someone who wishes they could stand. Live your life knowing that you are enough.

3. Faith not tested cannot be trusted.

It is extremely easy to stay hopeful when times are well but when there are trials and tribulations, that’s when real faith will persevere. Nonetheless, do not be discouraged if your faith falters because if you go about things in the right manner, faith tested is faith that becomes stronger. The “right manner” being, you do not give up.

Luke 12:28 – “And if God cared so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”

4. Unforgiveness and holding grudges can eat you alive.

I strongly believe in the mantra “forgive but don’t forget,” however, I recognized that I was neglecting the first part, forgiving, and just doing the last which is basically a grudge. Moreover, as my Aunt so wisely said: “Holding a grudge against someone else is like holding a gun to your head, pulling the trigger and expecting that person to get shot.” A very extreme way to put it but effective.

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5) Never lower your standards for anyone or anything.

6) It is absolutely necessary to take breaks from social media.

7) Christmas becomes stressful as you get older and have responsibilities to fulfill.

8) Do not wait on someone to do something, if it needs to get done then do it yourself.

9) You don’t have to explain who you are to anyone.

*Picture taken by yours truly

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Here’s to a New Year.


For me 2018 held lessons to be learned, new friendships, new experiences, and new mistakes.

2018 held many lasts, such as, my last full year at home before I go to college/university and my last full year as a child (according to the law). Tonight, I close the door on many things.

In a few minutes, 2019 will no longer be a distant thought, it will become the present. In 2019, I will graduate from high school and I will turn 18.

Every new year, we make it our assignment to live better than the last, I hope you all fulfill this mission. Here’s to a new year, 2019, let’s make it a wonderful one.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old is gone; a new life has begun!”

A Plea from the Debris

I am hope.

I am what the world needs.

I will not swallow the pill of despair.

I will devour a flame and scatter my ashes across our world that is devoid of ethics.

Be sure to see me in the sunrise, preparing to give warmth to frostbit bodies.

Be sure to see me in the trees that make the boastful feel small.

Nevertheless.

The elements of Pandora’s box are in constant battle with my remains.

The nefarious are restless.

My ubiquity does not guarantee safety.

There is need for plurality.

Here me.

I want to be concrete.

You are where I wish to dwell.

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Picture taken by Alexis Jefferson.

I’m Back – A Life Update

It has been over a year since I’ve posted, and I apologize. Though now that I’m back, here’s an update on my life.

I am now 17 years old and a senior in high school!

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My best friend Janet and I on our first day of senior year.

Overview of 2017

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January 21, 2017 – The Women’s March on Washington

 

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My Drama Club Family (2016-2017): The production was a musical filled with songs from the motown era and a select number of present day songs in African-American culture, the name of the production was: “Motown and Mo!”

 

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June 18, 2017- A picture from a trip I took with my family to New York, it is of the United States flag next to the LGBT flag. I find this picture special because it’s a reminder of our changing society.

 

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A candid picture of me analyzing Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork. I spent an hour examining and taking notes of his six paintings that are in the museum. Fun Fact: I screamed with joy when I learned that the National Gallery of Art had some of Van Gogh’s work.

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My dog on Christmas day.

Summary of 2018…So Far

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March 6, 2018: My first time holding a brain, thanks to the Young Women in Bio program that I was able to be a part of. Side note: It was a monkey brain.

 

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March 24, 2018: March For Our Lives. This was such an empowering day, I am so proud to be a part of Generation Z, we’re speaking up and we won’t be silenced.

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My Drama Club Family (2017-2018): This picture was taken after rehearsing the opening and closing numbers of the show, which was a musical tribute to Michael Jackson entitled: “Can You Feel It?-Michael Jackson the Musical”

Summer 2018

This summer I interned at the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as an OCE Summer Scholar. I learned a lot about the field of oncology such as cancer treatments, cancer research, and cancer advocate organizations. I also learned about the medical field as a whole and the drug development pathway. Furthermore, this internship allowed for me to meet incredible people and go to amazing places. For example, myself and my peers in the program met the staffers of senators like Elizabeth Warren and representatives from Kids v. Cancer. Lastly, a requirement of the program is to give a three to five minute presentation and mine was entitled, “Ethics Involving CAR-T Cell Therapy,” I managed to combine my love for philosophy with my interest in gene therapy and Leukemia.

To conclude, this internship was a phenomenal and eye-opening experience, myself and my peers were able to do so many things and were exposed to many amazing people and environments. It was a wonderful way of spending my summer and it made me appreciate and love science even more than I already did.

Pictures from my internship:

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The trip to ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology).

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Me completing one of the last assignments of the internship: Writing down people and organizations that are finding a cure for cancer.

 

Another major part of my summer was being a bridesmaid in my Aunt’s wedding, and the milestone in this experience is the fact that it was my first time every being in a wedding/a part of the wedding party. However, I am not going to put up any pictures because it was a private event.

My Life Now

It is now autumn, my favorite season, and school has been in session for almost a month. With that said, I am currently a research intern at Bowie State University and my research involves the blood-brain barrier. I have also started applying for colleges and the excitement to graduate high school and start a new chapter is already coursing through my veins. Though in spite of this, I am cherishing every single day of my senior year and making the most of it.

 

Reminder

You’re not always going to have it figured out. We were all placed here with a purpose that’s our own and it will take time to discover it.

Though what helps is praying to God and spending time with yourself.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Life is a journey and you have your own path. Open up the book of your being and become educated on yourself.

Drive. – (a poem by Alexis Jefferson)

Cotton candy skies light up my eyes

No stars are yet showing on this night

Lights sprinkled all around no one dares to make a sound

Long road ahead, cars driving by

Not exactly sure when we’ll arrive

“Today was a waste.”, “We got nothing done.”

But weren’t there some positive outcomes

The stars have now appeared and the ombré sky is no longer here

Its crazy how scary things look in the dark until the light shows their true colors

Abstract thoughts in my brain

Need some sleep for the start of another day

We’re home now the long road has come to an end

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Poem by Alexis Jefferson

Photo by Alexis Jefferson