Aneekah – a US Youth Ambassador Reflects

TechGirls 2018 US Youth Ambassador Aneekah wrote the following posts. Enjoy!

Five Simple Ways to Stay Healthy During TechGirls

 Whether you have a sport that you are training for or you simply want to stay fit, here are some wonderful ways to stay healthy!

  1. Morning Runs – Waking up at 5:30 is the hardest part! But once you go out on your morning run, you’ll feel accomplished. On top of that, there are so many photo opportunities! 
  2. Morning Workouts – These are amazing right after a run. There are plenty of green areas to do a quick cycle of planks, squats, and push-ups.
  3. Eat Healthily – There are a variety of options in the dining hall to eat healthy. Check out Eden’s (their nuggets are to die for!), a Vegan/Vegetarian shop, and the salad bar.
  4. Play a Game of Ultimate – Have some free time? Grab a couple friends and a frisbee (or whatever you’d like) and head out to the Drill field for a game of Ultimate Frisbee.
  5. Attend a “Party” – With thirty minutes left before room checks, we’d often meet up in the Commons Room for a party. Parties are filled with all types of dancing, enough to burn lots of calories!

Those were just five ways to stay in shape during your stay at Virginia Tech and the TechGirls Program. And of course, keep it fun and entertaining because laughing burns up to 160 calories per hour!

Saying Goodbye

 It’s Day 10, and lunch has been dragged out. The girls are handing out gifts, signing weekbooks (we’ve only met for a week so they are weekbooks, not yearbooks.) and planning trips to see each other again. Tears are streaming down my face. Though the girls will be thousands of miles from me– expensive plane tickets away –I couldn’t say “Goodbye.” I only said, “See you later.” Yes, we may never have an opportunity like TechGirls again. But there is truth to “See you later.” Social Media has closed the gap that sets our worlds apart. Phone calls and FaceTime allows for touching conversations, to keep memories alive. And pictures from the trip, allow me to remember the moments we shared at dinner, in the dorms, at coding class, at skills building. I hold a part of each of these girls stories with me forever because they’ve impacted who I am and who I will be in the future. And because of that, I knew it wasn’t Goodbye. It’s only See you later.