At 14, I was young, hungry, and just itching to start something, anything, of my own. I've always had an innate interest in building and creating things from scratch, and when my peers joined high school clubs of their own, I experimented with a few. Theater, journalism, politics, you name it! But there's no feeling quite like starting your own thing, is there? I was baffled why these school clubs had to limit their reach within the maroon gates of our campus. Surely, there's an entire world out there. My doe-eyed mentality led me to focus on a cause I was passionate about: human trafficking.
Through the two years I worked on this project, I learned how to recruit a team, pitch a business, create a strategy, and everything from writing emails to cashing our first check. In hindsight, I didn't understand 90% of what I was doing at the time, but it didn't matter much. The most important result of this adventure was learning by doing, expressing my passion, and kickstarting my entrepreneurial juices, and building the career capital and "passion capital" that have led me to where I am today.