2017-18 Year-in Review

"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone." - Reba McEntire

Junior year has come to an end! We started by cruising right through by witnessing the solar eclipse on day 1, literally, and the cruise continued through a winter we never thought would come to an end. As my Bearcat journey continues and I have an opportunity to reflect back on this year, I would definitely say that this year has been full of challenging moments that allowed me to grow as a leader, individual, and to truly explore my dreams as Senior year approaches. I was often reminded throughout the year of one the greatest assets of our Bearcat community: the support system we have, whether that is administration, students, or staff. 

I have been met with many opportunities throughout the year whether that is new positions, speech competitions, sitting on panels (#ElectHer), organizing campus events, or working with a new group of freshmen. I have continued to meet a lot of inspiring and amazing individuals that want to give back to their community. Being surrounded by many different characters, I have realized the importance of diversity in our lives. Diversity of thought, character, and an openness to learn about the different paths people have walked. Some challenges I faced was realizing the parts of our community that are not diverse and individuals that simply did not want to practice empathy and open-mindedness. We thrive in our diversity. We thrive in our ideas. We thrive by being challenged. But it all depends on how we react to challenges that determines our future. Just remember to smile through it. :)

I hope through these images viewers get a glimpse of my experience at UC this past year. Diversity. Love. Perseverance. Bring it ON, Senior year!  

My BEST 20th Birthday
My BEST 20th Birthday

The best birthday EVER- Niagara Falls and NY!

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She | UC Co-Outreach Director
She | UC Co-Outreach Director

First outreach event!

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My Bestie <3
My Bestie <3

Muslim Student Association Event

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Ivy Chain
Ivy Chain

Humbled as a junior woman. What an amazing day!

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Common Read Speaker Host
Common Read Speaker Host

It has been wonderful being the student voice in the Common Read Committee!

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FYE Reppin'
FYE Reppin'

First Year Experience spirit to the sky!

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That Christy <3
That Christy <3

UC World Fest 2018

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Branch Out Presentation
Branch Out Presentation

Loved getting to meet everyone! What an awesome organization!

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Senator Elgafy & Elgafy
Senator Elgafy & Elgafy

Senators E & E take on Student Government!

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Dean's BBQ
Dean's BBQ

Grilling with Dean Johnson, not literally but in spirit

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ElectHerGroup
ElectHerGroup

On a panel with tremendous woman, girl power is on the rise at UC!

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Orient Learning Academy
Orient Learning Academy

Preparing for Ramadan at the Tutoring Center!

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Honors Ambassadors
Honors Ambassadors

Congrats Honors graduates!

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Ivy Chain
Ivy Chain

Rockin' those white gowns

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Teaching Style
Teaching Style

Preschool Practicum | Fall 2017

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First Year Experience
First Year Experience

Better Place Project Celebration

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My Mentor
My Mentor

My amazing Mentor, Mrs. Elam

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Better Place Project | SALD Impact Symposium
Better Place Project | SALD Impact Symposium

We won first place!!

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My Girl
My Girl

Chill, kick back, enjoy the moment

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It's Christy!
It's Christy!

At A&S event with Paws4Abilities

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Teaching Time
Teaching Time

Kindergarten Practicum - Spring 2018

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The BEST Poli Sci Learning Community
The BEST Poli Sci Learning Community

These students are the BEST!

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Better Place Project | Spread the Love, UC!
Better Place Project | Spread the Love, UC!

Putting on this camus-wide initiative was amazing!

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Alice M. House Speech Competition
Alice M. House Speech Competition

I won first place for the second year! Blessed and humbled <3

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SG Fashion
SG Fashion

Coincidence much? Too many Senators in stripes! LOVE IT

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It's Nataja!
It's Nataja!

My Co-Senator - Oh what a year it has been!

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Girl Time
Girl Time

With all the craziness, we're still going to shop 'til we drop!

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Kareem and I
Kareem and I

Atlanta trip - CNN Headquarters

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My Girls!
My Girls!

#ElectHer #StrongWoman

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Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

At one of my favorite restaurants

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Skating Fam
Skating Fam

After teaching ice skating, we NEED to kick back - Treat Yo Self

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For all those fighting Alzheimers
For all those fighting Alzheimers

Alzheimers Walk

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Look who it is!
Look who it is!

When life gives you lemons, you trade them in for Christy and her snapchat filters xD

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Symposium
Symposium

Speaking to Ohio legislators

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Women of USG
Women of USG

Student Government Retreat

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