I am never going to forget May CHAPTERS. I remember how frightened I was to even walk on stage during my first CHAPTERS in 2015. My mentor Stephanie had to teach me to read louder, read slower, and emphasize my words. Two years later, it felt surreal that I was going to co-emcee the event itself. I didn’t know how I should act on stage. I wanted to present myself in the best light possible.
When I met Caroline though, I realized that the best way to host was to just be myself. Caroline was a hilarious and talented mentee that I wish I could have met earlier in my time with Girls Write Now. Nonetheless, I’m fortunate for May CHAPTERS for allowing us to meet, because she made me feel comfortable being myself on stage. Both of us were unsure of what to expect that night–all we knew was that we were buzzing with anxious adrenaline.