Alessandra has lived just outside of Washington D.C. for the past eight years. She adores reading, writing, sharing what she learns with the world through her blog, playing the violin, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends around town. This year, she had the privilege of writing for clay Magazine as the book columnist. Among her favorite classes are Mr. Mailand’s History classes and Mrs. Yagel’s AP Literature and Composition. However, she has appreciated each and every one of her teachers for their passion for teaching and persistent encouragement in both school and life. During her senior year, she was involved in debate, orchestra, and competitive running. Being involved in debate, she discovered her love for journalism and political science, and for that reason plans to pursue a degree in Political Science Journalism at Patrick Henry College. She hopes to be a vessel of truth and hope in the media and to point the country to Christ.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a doctor for the longest time after receiving a doctor’s kit for Christmas when I was three-years-old, but then I got my blood drawn a few years ago and fainted and then realized being a doctor probably wasn’t such a good idea.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Psalms 56:3-4, “When I am afraid I will trust in you, In God whose word I praise. In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
In a time of uncertainty and fear circulating around the world, it is such a comfort knowing that in Christ, there is nothing to be afraid of. He is greater than any fear, any unknown, any terror, and any virus. His love transcends all earthly harms and I can rest in that truth with peace and hope.
Advice to younger TPSers:
Read your Bible every single day. Even when it’s hard to block out the background noise of homework, distractions, and situations, make an effort to come to God. The Bible consists of God’s words and abounds with hope and truth. When you learn more about his character, you learn more about his intent for humanity and the world. With that knowledge, you are equipped to live each day bringing glory and honor to Him. He is your Father and creator and is worthy of your praise and attention. He cares for you and because of His sacrifice, you can enter His presence with confidence. A lot of us have this expectation that time in the Word must be accompanied by cozy blankets, a cute cup of coffee, and an armchair in a quiet corner, but that’s not the reality for everyone and that fact should not hinder us from spending time with God. Eliminate the expectations and enter your time in the Bible with confidence knowing that you are going to learn something about Christ and His purpose for you.