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10 Girls Get Real About: Goals (and #Goals) for 2017

10 Girls Get Real About: Goals (and #Goals) for 2017

This is an ongoing series in which we talk to girls — real girls with strong opinions and big ideas — about what’s going on in the world. This story was originally published in Clover Letter, a daily newsletter for girls.

“I’m hoping to see people coming together to support those who will be affected negatively by the incoming US presidency. I know there will be lots of changes in this upcoming year, and I’m both bracing myself against the bad to come and looking forward to the good. I’m looking forward to improvement in both my mental health and my relationships with others. In one year, I hope to have become more comfortable with myself, to have made some new friends, to have done as much as I can for others, and have gotten out of my comfort zone more.” — Rivers H., 15

“I’m hopeful that mental health will gain more awareness and more people will become educated on it in 2017. I am hoping to launch an app for my non-profit, Buddy Project, that will pair people with a buddy based on their interests and age. I created Buddy Project with the aim of preventing suicide and raising awareness for mental health, and want to help as many people as I can in the next year.” — Gabrielle F., 19

“I’m excited and hopeful for the new opportunities the year will give us to fight for what we believe is right. With a new president in power and a brand new year, it’s our responsibility to speak out and become global citizens, taking into account both worldwide and national issues. By this time next year, I hope to be more involved around my community and with organizations that represent what I stand for.” — Dayalis Z., 17

“I’m finishing up junior year and entering senior year next year (yikes!). So I hope to not bomb all my AP exams and SATs and get into a good college. Also, I’m continuing my nonprofit The Coding Girls and I hope that grows into something wonderful. But most of all, with the new president, I hope that my autistic brother continues getting the medical and educational support he gets through schools — and that siblings like me get any emotional support they need as well.” — Aishwarya S.,16

“Here I sit at the end of 2016, after failing my first year at University, after watching a familiar world fall apart, taking a gap year that should have been taken last September, and I’ve never felt better. Although 2016 did not meet any of my expectations, it taught me so many more things about resilience and survival. The first woman President may not have been elected this year, but I have been introduced to so many amazing, inspiring, and hopeful female-driven communities across the internet. I have spoken to, interacted with, and built relationships with hundreds of women across the globe, and we have taught each other so much. In the midst of a chaotic world, we tweet, we Facebook, we email and we learn, we grow, and we fight. These women and the spaces we have built for ourselves have are what have inspired me to keep going, and to finally build my own community. So I will don my Princess Leia buns, I will carry on creating, and we will get through this together. Because if there’s one thing that gives me a new hope, it is the strength of all the women around me.” — Kitty W., 19

“I’m going into year 11, and I couldn’t be more terrified and excited at the same time. I’m pumped to finally be able to only do the subjects I like and start to pursue and think about my career as a criminal lawyer. At the same time, though, I’m equally as excited for all the fun things I get to do next year, like I’m going to America with my dance studio for a tour, school camps, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, parties, hiking — I’m just so excited. I want every girl to feel this way; in 2017, I want them to find their inner happiness and just find themselves, you know?” — Shagun G., 15

“As a recent college grad, I’m looking at 2017 as the first page of my ‘grownup’ life. I am beyond excited to see where this year will take me. I only hope to see an increase in people coming together, highlighting our similarities rather than focusing solely on differences. I’m embarking on a project that involves daily creative inspirations in hopes of turning it into a movement, and that’s one of my main goals to accomplish in 2017.” — Alexcandra B., 21

“I am hopeful for the opportunity to be who I really am. I’m graduating high school and moving out, and I won’t have to conform to anyone’s expectation of me anymore. I can love who I want, go places I’ve never been before, and hopefully just grow to be the best me I can be.” — Dymond M., 18

“I hope that I can continue my tenure as a Girl Up Teen Advisor by serving as a co-chair. I hope to see something different happen in US/International Diplomacy between our nations and others. 2017 will be different, I think everyone needs to move on about everything that has happened in the past months, we have to accept and fight. I think it will be a whirlwind, but we cannot live in fear. I am excited to continue traveling as it is my favorite thing in the world. I have some epic vacations and experiences lined up. I hope I can officially decide what university will be right for me. Hopefully people will stop making fun of people who suffer from mental illness and other illness. Hopefully I will be content and happy being me. I hope to live a life without regrets, we will wait and see what happens. Hopefully no more innocent lives will be taken. Hopefully Germany and France will not have any more sorrow.” — Maria A., 16

“I’m both excited and terrified to start university next year. It seems to signal the beginning of bigger and better things but it will also be uncharted waters and I can’t wait to see where the adventure will take me.” — Zoe V., 18

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