Growing up, I was told I had a talent for writing, but it wasn't until a journalist from the Salt Lake Tribune showed up to track practice one day that I truly experienced the excitement entailed with being involved in the news. At the time, I absolutely loved being featured in the news, and what teenager wouldn't? All the recognition and praise for my hard work was nothing short of very rewarding.
The best thing was living up to everything the news articles said, representing Utah Valley University as a student athlete, jumping new personal records, being featured as an Indoor Track WAC Champion; however, beneath all the glory an idea was growing within me.
What would it feel like to give others the same sense of importance I was feeling?
January 27, 2016 marks the date I came home with an altered perspective on the country I call home. I had vicariously experienced the life of the uneducated, I had seen the struggles of just one of many voiceless sectors of America.