Introduce Yourself: Hi. My names Emily Ferrese and I’m a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool.
Thoughts On People In The World?: I believe that most people are good. Coming from someone who went through such a traumatic event; I still believe most people are good and want to make a change and those voices need to stand stronger than those who attempt to bring everyone else down.
What are your inspirations & goals?: My inspirations are people like Miley Cyrus who don’t care what others think and is truly her most beautiful self and always is smiling no matter what anyone says. Currently, one of my greatest goals is to be genuinely happy again. I have this goal because ever since February 14th, 2018 I haven’t been able to genuinely smile on my own. If I smile it’s from someone else saying something to make me that way. I haven’t genuinely smiled on my own merits since that day.
How would you impact the world?: Since one of my dreams is to open up a therapeutic riding center and teach those disabled to ride horses; I would like to impact the world in putting smiles on individuals faces everyday for doing things that people once told them they could never do.
Struggles In Life? : Everyone has struggles. Some worse than others. My biggest struggle right now is to wake up in the morning and not be scared for my own life. I’m scared to drive through town or walk through a parking lot without thinking that I’m going to die in that instant.
How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : I currently feel ok about myself. I’m doing a lot of impactful things with ShineMSD and building my confidence back in my own body and waking up every morning with a smile on my face. One big change I would make to myself is to stop doubting everything I do and to stop pushing people away.
What does love mean to you?: Love is very special to me. The word love has several different meaning but to me it means eternal happiness and to never give up no matter how hard times get; the love you have for that person will get you through it.