From first grade on, I was in Girl Scouts. It is a wonderful organization which gave me a great deal of skills and experience. I was a bit of an overachiever in it and earned most of the awards possible.
When I went for my First Class Award, they were transitioning into a new program so I earned both the old and the new program which included the Silver and Gold Awards. These awards were much more complicated than just earning a single badge or challenge. The Gold Award is very much the equivalent of earning the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts.
I also was the youngest ever in my area to earn the Green Angel Pin for outstanding troop leaders. As part of earning my Gold Award, I was a troop leader for a Brownie troop (grades 1 to 3). I always had assistant leaders who were over the age of 18, since I was still a minor, but I ran the troop.
Even now as an adult. I still try to live my life very much by the Girl Scout Law as it was when I was in Girl Scouts. Changes have happened since then, but I still believe that Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization for teaching skills and providing experiences that are both fun and educational. Skills you can use your whole lifetime.
If you would like more information about Girl Scouts in the US, check out their main website at http://www.girlscouts.org/
There are also Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in many other countries around the world.
That is an odd title I know, but there is a story behind it. From the time I was 2 years old, I went up to San Francisco and saw an ophthalmologist named Dr. Jampolski. He always said that I had been his patient since I was small enough to fit in a shoe box.
He would schedule all day appointments for me and have doctors and residents from all over the world come to see my eyes. Being a very small child, and having 20 or 30 strangers all looking into my eyes was quite a lesson in learning how to be patient.
He did that because I had so many different eye problems in one set of eyes. I have been written up in many medical journals and textbooks to help teach eye doctors. I am happy that all those hours sitting and having my eyes examined, has led to research that has helped so many other patients with their eyes over the years.
A more personal and direct example of the research on my eyes helping someone else is my cousin Scot, (who is 11 years younger than me). He also saw Dr. Jampolski on my mother’s recommendation, and they were able to do more for his eyes based on the data collected on mine. That is a really good feeling.
Well I am on a new exciting journey and I hope all of you enjoy the journey with me. How I got here is an interesting story in itself.
Raised in a small town in the Central Valley of California, I was a pioneer in mainstreaming in California. I also was active at a young age in grass roots and political campaigning. I was a Girl Scout from first grade on. From the time I was a small child, I was placed in the role of leader, mentor, teacher, and advocate.
My original goal was to get a teaching credential and open an educational consulting business on the side primarily in the area of education and special needs. I have run into some snags along the way. So now I am starting a new path to get me out of the rut and into the running.