No matter what kind of personality test I take, it always labels me as some variation of an “achiever.” As an “achiever,” I focus on checking items and experiences off of my various lists. This leads me to focusing more on the future, instead of the path I am taking to get there. At times, […]

Raising thousands of dollars is no easy feat, even for a cause as worthy as the fight against cancer. In an effort to spread our mission and reach our goals, some of my teammates and I have joined Austin’s panhandlers this summer, sifting for stories and the empathetic dollar bills that often come with them. […]

It’s hard to believe that July has already flown by and the fall semester of my fourth year is creeping up! This summer, in addition to studying for the MCAT, I took an internship at Texas 4000 for Cancer. With the end of my internship quickly approaching, I’ve begun to reflect on my experiences in […]

Earlier this year, I reached out to my former high school asking if they could include my Texas 4000 story and profile in an alumni newsletter.  Once the issue was sent out, I received a donation from a woman whose name I did not recognize, but who I figured heard my story through the newsletter. […]

The last 576 days have been spent riding 2,000 training miles, volunteering 50 hours in the Austin community, and attending countless meetings. It’s all been building up to our departure for Anchorage. It’s here! It’s happening! I’ll do my best to write weekly, but I’ll have limited access to wi-fi. For each day, I’m trying to write […]

While the 2017 team is on their adventure to Alaska–living the mission–the 2018 team is watching with envious eyes and beginning to delve into the world of fundraising.  We’re working our way up to our $4,500 goal, dollar by dollar. I was out panhandling on the streets today, along with teammates Hadiqa Zafar and Maddie […]

What I’ve done so far: My first semester in Texas 4000 consisted of completing 25 (of an eventual 50) volunteer hours, going to 1 workout a week (starting after spring break), attending meeting once a week, getting started on my $7,000 fundraising goal, and thinking countless times, “Is this really happening?” Needless to say, semester […]

Two more weeks, that’s it… and yet never has 14 days felt like an eternity until now. As close as it is, the journey to Alaska still feels as far away as it did 365 days ago. I suppose it is because I have no idea what to expect; an endeavor such as this is […]

Raise $4,500: check! Train 2,000 miles: check! Volunteer 75 hours: check! It’s finally, here. Go week! It’s crazy to see how fast the past 18 months have flown by. Seeing all of my experiences packed into a {tiny} 60L bag and shoved on a trailer is quite emotional. Deciding which of my favorite Texas 4000 […]

Ballet was the first thing I can say I put (literal) blood, sweat, and tears into. I pursued classical ballet from the ages of 3-17, and I miss it every day. It taught me the value of hard work, and it taught me how rewarding it is to actively and energetically work towards a goal. […]