So grateful for one of our long time girls sharing a piece of one of her college essays - about her years in girls group! What a gift, on so many levels.
"I have been a part of a teen girls’ discussion group for almost three years. The girls who make up the group change every year, but the feeling of sisterhood never does. Each year we start out as strangers, but we skip the small talk and get to know each other’s opinions, values, aspirations, and life experiences right away. It feels like a powerful remedy to our modern world of superficial social media-based interactions.
We celebrate each others’ successes and grieve each others’ losses. We talk about gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, body image, social media, stress, self-care, and dozens of other issues that most teenagers desperately want to discuss but never have a chance to. We create a space, together, that is right for us.
At an age where our female peers are sometimes described as catty, overly-emotional, self-obsessed, superficial, or gossipy, it’s important for us to be able to counter those stereotypes by acknowledging our strengths. All of us have different goals and different backgrounds, but we’re brought together by the shared desire for community and growth.
I have taken the lessons I’ve learned about myself and others from my girls’ group and used them to make more meaningful relationships in the rest of my life. I hope I have inspired others to seek out deeper conversations and connections."