“Why would you be a second rate version of anyone else, when you could be a first rate version of yourself?”
Judy Garland

Hi, my name is Carson and I’m a 17-year-old girl. The family, education, and social stresses of being a teenager in high school are really hard and that’s why I live by this quote by Judy Garland. Everyday I’m inspired to work my personal hardest and not judge my progress based on anyone else. 

I wake up to “Don’t Rain On My Parade” by Barbra Streisand and I’m famous at my school for wearing mostly dresses. Oddly, one of my favorite things to do is commute to school because I can blast music through my headphones for 10 minutes, which is the perfect way to start the day.

I really don’t hate school as much as teenagers are supposed to, but it’s definitely gotten harder to get up since the middle of sophomore year. My favorite class is vocal ensemble. I live for the moment when fifteen or more singers can come together, each with a different tune, and make something absolutely beautiful and magical. It’s amazing. 

At the end of the day I’ll either have tennis practice, musical rehearsal or volunteer work at a science museum depending on what season it is. When my day is over, my mom/angel/role model will have an amazing dinner prepared for us. I adore my mom because she made and runs a successful business all on her own while still having time to make me the best dinners. 

I’ll fall asleep reading a good book. It’s the most wonderful way to end a long day.