Aviation for Girls


Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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4. You have renamed ADHD "Abundantly Different, Happily Divine." Can you tell our readers how you've tackled this challenge and give them some advice? I use to get bullied about having ADHD, and then I decided that if I started saying the quote instead of the letters then it may change others perception of it. Luckily, it worked. It's hard to make fun of some- thing that is positive. I've spoken at other schools and organizations about it and just accepting that yea, I am abundantly different, we all are, and happily divine, which is what we all should be. I've learned to shake the haters off, and just be me. My advice is to accept your differences, and like my idol Dr. Jemison said, "Never be limited by others' limited imagination!" 5. What was it like to attend and speak at the March for Science in Washington, D.C.? OMG! Best experience ever! I mean, I met Bill Nye. I was so nervous all the way up until I took the mi- crophone. Then I looked out and saw all these peo- ple who love and respect science like me, and then I felt at home! It was an experience and opportunity I will never forget! Shout out to Mr. Jonathan, one of the chairs of the event, who saw something in me and invited me to speak! 6. Who are some of the people that inspire you? Wow! There are so many. I have this village, and every one of them is the reason I'm who and where I am at this point. Of course, my mom, she's my rock! She sacrifices so much for me, so I have everything I need. My grandmother Ford; she teaches patience and kindness to others. My dad; he's very smart and sciencey (if that's a word) and makes me feel I can be anything. Finally, my mentor Mr. Darnell Smith; he's been like a second dad to me. I've known him since I was 9, and he's been my shield and go-to. He's my cheerleader and always believes in me, providing me great advice to always serve and help others. Many others whose shoulders I stand on are Bessie Coleman, Mae Jemison, and Katherine Johnson—all women of air and space and science/math. And of course, Oprah and Ellen—the queens of paying it forward! They instill me to be kind, compassionate, and me—authentically. I hope to meet them one day. 7. What other interests do you have, and do you have a favorite book? Well, I collect and donate books so my book drives are important to me. I love to volunteer and read to younger kids about space and science. I like doing science experiments. I love making slime. I recent- ly got the opportunity to fly a plane and that was way cool. So I'm looking into that. My art is I love music; I love to sing and dance in my room or with my friends. My favorite book is Find Where the Wind Goes by my idol Dr. Mae Jemison. From Taylor's mom, Toni: Most people may be surprised, but what makes me most proud of Taylor is her perseverance and determination to handle the obstacles that have come her way with grace and utmost respect. It's how she handles her failures, not her successes, that makes me most proud of her. She falls down but she gets back up. She doesn't give up. She is so kind, and she is relevant. She's come a long way from the shy little girl who was bullied, held back, and told she couldn't do it. She's definitely proving people wrong, and I couldn't be more proud of her! Photo: © Jensen Hande Studios. All Rights Reserved 2 0 17 18

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