"Day 1, Wednesday May 1: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)" (so it's 30 words over, but here it is):
The first and last time I was a morning person was September 19, 1987, when I arrived into this world, in Monterrey, California, at 6:35am. With two older sisters, I lived my early life striving to catch up and be just like them, which fostered my competitive streak, but to also strike my own path and be completely unique, which inspired my creative tendencies.
As a child I was a tiny star: bright, but spacey. Soccer, art, swimming, reading, tennis, drama, and diving defined most of my free time. Mom and Dad were (and are) amazingly loving and found ways to nurture and support my sisters and I. We grew up in the Methodist Church, which instilled a sense of purpose in selfless service as a demonstration of the Gospel. I played soccer at the University of Richmond, becoming co-captain my senior year. I also dove on the Swim and Dive team after my soccer career finished and learned about how to overcome what I thought my limits were, and how a coach fosters a championship spirit.
Growing up outside DC led to a double major in International Studies and Spanish. Santiago, Chile, where I studied abroad holds a special space in my heart, especially because my family got to visit. Next I did what "smart" people do and followed college with Law School, staying in Richmond, focusing on international law and public interest law. After seven years, I finally fell in love with the city, but it was time to graduate. I'm now back up near DC, enjoying time with family and trying to appreciate the job I have while still trying to break into the career I want.