Hi it’s Emily again! As I spend my summer getting ready to move to LA to attend UCLA, I have written a series of bios on EFLI graduating seniors. So without further ado: Introducing Alex Bell!
Alex Bell is a senior graduating from Irvington High School. Alex’s favorite classes this year have been Women’s Studies and Sociology. She found both classes to be interesting because they provide different, complex viewpoints. My high school in Dobbs Ferry and Irvington High are often soccer rivals, so I got to play Alex in soccer this year! Along with soccer, Alex plays lacrosse. She was a class representative for student council and attended Community Advisory Board meetings throughout the year. She was also the president of the Rally Club at her high school, changing it into a co-ed club that supported both boys and girls’ varsity sports teams. Additionally, Alex really enjoys traveling: last summer she went to Guatemala and Japan. This summer she will be traveling to England and Paris.
Alex first learned about EFLI when Jado Morris, her fellow Irvington High School Senior and past participant, introduced her to EFLI. After attending an informational session at her school, Alex realized she wanted to participate in a leadership program because she was a leader on the soccer field but felt she had difficulty being a leader academically and socially. Therefore, Alex decided to apply for Activating Leadership (AL), becoming an EFLI participant when she was sixteen and preparing to enter her senior year of high school.
During the weeks of AL, Alex found ways for herself to be a leader by using her strengths while also finding strengths within her weaknesses. She became really close with the girls in her program in that very short amount of time. The experience felt extremely rewarding to her because she began to expand outside her comfort zone and felt very encouraged to become a more open person. The things that she once found terrifying, she now found exciting. For example, she hated speaking in large groups of people but now she feels comfortable speaking to many. Since gaining a stronger sense of herself and wanting to still be apart of the EFLI community which provides a safe and supportive environment for her, Alex decided to join the Youth Ambassador Board (YAB).
In YAB, she became the Chair of the Connection Committee. Alex helped organize various YAB events such as the filming of Shadya, the EFLI reunion, a One Billion Rising event, and the EFLI Open House. Her favorite EFLI experience was the screening of Shadya. It was a really successful event that sparked interesting conversations and questions. Since helping organizing the Shadya event, she has helped organize many other events for the YAB and her school. Alex and I got to know each other by participating in the YAB. Alex becomes incredibly involved and invested in the events she’s organizing. For the One Billion Rising event, we went over to Alex’s house and made signs. At her school Alex continued to work outside of her comfort zone, co-hosting a dance and helping to organize color wars.
This Spring, Alex interned for Katie Rapp at EFLI and is a fellow for summer 2014 where she is continuing her involvement and self growth in the EFLI community. Alex and I are having so much fun being Fellows together this summer and I cannot wait to gain a greater sense of connection with such an amazing person!
Next fall, Alex will be attending Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Alex hopes to continue playing soccer and lacrosse through club and/or intramural sports. Alex plans on majoring in either gender studies, sociology, international affairs, or psychology with a minor in Japanese or Spanish. Additionally, studying abroad is something she really wants to do in college. Alex is looking forward to being more independent and taking responsibility for herself. EFLI has taught her so many incredible things that she will carry with herself for the rest of her life. She has learned different forms of leadership, that she has a voice and should share it, and to not “yuck someone’s yum.” She knows that she will take carry these lessons with her to college and into her career!