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Reflections from My High School Presentation

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Hey there, friend. It's Monika, and I'm back from Poland, back to share some thoughts with you. Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to speak at my old high school for three and a half hours. It was a meaningful experience that left me with a lot to ponder.

I spent most of the time with the students, engaging with them on various topics. We also had an hour to chat with the professors and the school director, who are all amazing women. It was refreshing to see such a welcoming and inclusive environment, especially compared to some high schools in the United States.

The contrast was stark. There were no metal detectors, no security checks. I didn't need a visitor sticker or ID. I was just Monika, welcomed with open arms. After my presentation, I roamed the school freely, making videos without any concerns. It made me realize how safe and fortunate these students are compared to others.

During my presentation, I didn't follow a strict script. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to cover, but I wanted it to be interactive, with the students co-creating the experience with me. And they did just that. It was amazing to see their enthusiasm and engagement.

One thing that struck me was the difference in how the boys and girls approached the session. The boys asked straightforward questions about career choices, immigration, and personal development. They were eager to learn and explore their options.

On the other hand, the girls seemed more hesitant, less willing to speak up. Some of them approached me later, asking how to find the courage to pursue their dreams. It made me reflect on my own journey and the choices I've made.

I shared with them my belief in acting on your highest excitement, without expectations. I've lived my life this way, following what excites me, and it has led me to where I am today. I encouraged them to do the same, to take bold actions every day, no matter how small.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to connect with these young minds. If even one of them feels inspired to take a bold step forward, then I consider it a success.

So, my friend, I leave you with this thought: Are you living boldly? Are you pursuing your dreams with courage? If not, what step can you take today to move in that direction?

Thank you for being here and listening to my musings. I'll see you next week.