It has been a little more than a month since I last produced content for AccessLocal, and it feels great to be back! Since the last time I wrote, I have accomplished quite a bit. I have been part of a few really fun projects, as well as started my own.

 

Shortly after I last published to AccessLocal, I graduated from high school! It was a wild experience, as it’s something I’ve felt like I have been training for my whole life. After weeks of practice, memorizing speeches and sending out invitations,  I walked the stage with the rest of the class of 2019. We had been practicing for weeks, at school, and at the Crest theater. However, when I was finally up there for real, it didn’t feel real at all. I got a little bit of stage fright but I made the walk through and shook all the hands I needed to, until I received my diploma from my principal. I swear I almost fainted, it felt like the stage I was walking on was a cloud. When I went to sit back down with the rest of my fellow graduates, I was in a daze, accomplished with my diploma in my hands, and hungry. It wasn’t until I looked at my best friend,  and former Neighborhood News correspondent, Eli Meza, and other best friend and current Neighborhood News correspondent Arabesque Lynaolu, that it started to sink in, and I felt proud and accomplished for myself and for my friends.

 

It was a beautiful time, and I’m proud of myself for making it this far,  and immensely thankful for all of the people who have helped me, including my family, teachers, friends, and boyfriend.

 

After I was out of school forever and the summer had officially begun, I spent a few weeks in Mount Shasta. There I spent some good time exploring nature, meditating, and just resetting after the stress and excitement of graduation. While I was out there, I was also scheming out the next steps of my future, working on my art, and planning events through the summer and into the next year.  

 

I’ve decided that I’m not going to go to college immediately. For the rest of the year I am going to be busy working on establishing a non-profit centered around empowering youth and communities through art and media with my friends. At the moment, we are known as Poppie Field Productions, and are currently doing things as a collective, but within the next few months we will officially become a non-profit so that we will able to offer more programming and put on more events. Our next event is Sunday the 28th of July at Sol Collective. It is a free swap for clothes, household items, art and supplies, and anything else anyone wants to bring, called Barter ‘N Brunch. There will be free food for attendees, and I hope to see you there.

 

I’ve also had the honor to be a part of a few zine fairs and sell my art, as well as be in a documentary made by my friend. Occasionally, I have dabbled in exploring music as a medium, and have been drawing and painting now that I have more time to focus on creating.

 

Other than planning events, starting a nonprofit, spending time in nature and working on art, I’ve been relaxing and enjoying my summer, spending time with family and friends. Trying to relax as much as I can before I have to get back on the hard grind, and take my place in the “real world” after high school.

I am very excited to continue writing and making content for Access, and to work with the new team. I have greatly missed creating articles and videos, discussing relevant topics during podcasts, reporting on the incredible events happening in my city, meeting and talking to people, and even learning about the more saddening subjects. It feels great to be back at Access, and I can’t wait to produce more content for our viewers to read and watch.