Our very first Tao-Girl of the Moment is Danielle - who is a 15
year-old sophomore in high school.
I am so proud to have her here for you to meet because she is definitely a
great role model for all Tao-Girls to follow.
Thanks, Danielle, for
being our first Tao-Girl of the moment!
CJ: What are
your hobbies and interests?
D: I enjoy playing lacrosse and volleyball, as well as scrapbooking,
reading, writing, taking/editing pictures, and recording/editing
videos. I love listening to music, but not all the hip-hop new
stuff…but less popular artists. I love reading and writing, but
like most kids, I hate when I am forced to!
Wintertime is my favorite time of the year, but I also love
summer and everything that comes with it. My friends and
family are a big part of my life…without them, I would be a
totally different person
Is there anything that enjoy that is a bit “different” than the norm?
(like: most everyone else likes hiphop and you’d rather
listen to a Beethoven symphony)
D: Some of my hobbies and interests aren’t exactly the norm in my
age group, but I enjoy them too much to change myself! I’ll admit
it, I have sort of a camera addiction- I bring it everywhere! I take
as many videos and pictures as I can in my memory card (and before
my subjects get annoyed with me) then immediately upload them to my
computer. I use different programs to edit my pictures with color,
lighting, and extra features. I combine videos into short movies
with titles, etc, and then I’ll burn them to DVDs and give them as
gifts to my friends and family! This is just one reason that I call
myself a procrastinator…
Generally, I try not to conform to what others
are like in my daily life. I am not afraid to be who I am. Sometimes
it is hard, like many Tao-Girls probably know, to stop yourself from
changing what you look like or what you do to fit in. As I grew
older I have become better at being proud of who I am.
CJ: Who are
your role models and why?
D: Unfortunately, I can’t avoid the cliché answer to this
question: my parents. Seeing how other people’s parents act makes
me realize that I am extremely lucky to have such caring and
supportive parents. They are by my side when I need help and try to
assist me with any problems I have.
Another one of my role models is my fifth grade
teacher Sara Iadarola. She taught me three subjects, but her English
class is one that still affects me today. Not only did she teach me
how to read and write more effectively and beautifully, she became
a friend near to my heart still to this day. She would consistently
write three-page long letters to me, including poems, quotes, and
other bits and pieces of writing she thought I would like. She
inspired me to keep a journal and other sorts of memory collections
that I am so glad I began. No matter how far away she is in the
country, she always, always
calls me on my birthday. She was such an inspiration to me, and I
know she affected others in the same way.
The last major role model I have is Karyn, a
freshman in college who I played volleyball with when she was a
senior in high school. Although I was on JV and she was on varsity,
she affected me in so many ways. She is by far the nicest
upperclassman I have ever met- and the happiest! Besides being an
amazing outside hitter on the volleyball team, she helped me learn
how to play volleyball and get better as I learned. Even off the
court, she would say hi to me. I remember seeing her in the hallways
and watching her face would light up when she saw me and holler
“HI!” I hope to this day that I can be as good as an
upperclassman as Karyn when I am a senior.
makes you Tao and dynamic?
D: I am a Tao and dynamic because I am not one to hold grudges and
let things affect me. I have friends who are not dynamic, and I can
tell immediately because they get hung up on things for a long time.
Because of this, they cannot effectively move on and start to become
positive again! I would like to hope that others see the opposite in
me, because I believe I do show that I am dynamic. When I happen to
come across a roadblock, I try my hardest to “go with the flow.”
photo is one that Danielle took and edited with her amazing
asked Danielle if she had any favorite quotes to share with
us. She gave me four terrific quotes, but I am going to save
them to put up on the homepage as Weekly Wisdoms. So, if you want to
see the quotes Danielle sent to me - you'll have to check back each