Mary Jo Interview 

I’m Mary Jo and my name is derived from the Catholic belief of Mary and Joseph. I’m full filipino but was born in Canada in 1997, and then moved to Australia when I was four ☺

What inspires you everyday

Self-growth and where I end up in the future, how I learn from my mistakes and experiences and how I can look back on the person I used to be and say that I’ve changed (for the better). And growth in general, whether it’s regarding my family, friends, acquaintances and the world in general. Even if there are parts of the world that aren’t moving and learning quite as fast as others I hope to one day be able to help change that which leads me to the second part – goals.

Quite frankly, if it weren’t for my goals (no matter how big or small I made them) I wouldn’t be here today. My goals are one of the main things that keep me going in life – pushing, struggling and enduring. The goals I set out for myself are what helps me get up in the morning wanting to do or learn something different and new each day and, yes, like any pretentious young adult, I hope to one day help change the world

What is something you would change about people in the world
I wish everyone could be more open minded

What is something you’ve struggled with in life
I would have to say I definitely struggled with coming to terms with the fact that not everyone is as open minded and kind as I originally hoped and thought them to be. Having grown up in the Australian culture since I was 4 I never really knew/experienced racism around me up until about 4-5 years ago which obviously shocked me as a 14 year old girl who never really noticed or cared about skin colour.
After that, I pretty much noticed everything else such as sexism, homophobia, bigotry etc., and that’s when my view on people in general kind of tumbled down for the worst until I realised that not everyone thought the same as I did. Coming to terms with that, I guess, kind of helped my view of people change; and rather than seeing them as horrible and evil I saw them as what they were – what we all are. People.

What is a positive message you would give others
If there was one thing I could tell people it would be that you are not alone

Last question if you could make a difference in the world how would you do it
Realistically, I would start with changing myself for the better and from there do the best that I can to help make a difference by joining a non-profit organization. My dream is to be a nurse and travel to third world countries to help those in need and even if it probably won’t be much in the whole scheme of things, I know it’s better than doing nothing 🙏

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