Camille Manhit

August 31, 2010

Running Start has taught me that being a woman is more of an advantage than a barrier. Gender is just something that people use to make us more inferior because everything else I or any other woman would have to offer is deemed as a threat. What women bring to the table is so unique and so powerful that many do not know how to deal with it or how to handle it that they use gender to create inferiority. Running Start taught me to, first and foremost, stand up for the issues that I believe in because it takes only one person to start a revolution and fight for something because standing up allows for many others to follow. The political way is, and will always be, one of the best ways to create change but Running Start pushed me to believe that once we have the courage to take action do something for our beliefs, we would have the courage to create change, begin the change, and be the change. Running Start is all about confidence and that is exactly what it has turned me into: a more confident woman. There are so many opportunities out there for women that we can no longer be afraid of who we are, what we want to be, and what we want. Running Start has given me the strength and willpower to do just that. It taught me to be the leader that stands up before everyone else. The one that stands up for everything she believes is worth fighting for because chances are, there are more people out there who believe the exact same thing, they were just simply waiting for some to stand up first. Running Start allowed me to grow as a person and as a woman, especially in a world in which not a lot of people would be on my side. Running Start taught me how to change the world, even if everyone else believes otherwise.

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