Juliana Ryan – Pennsylvania Nomination & Photography by Natalie Ryan Issue 69 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Juliana Ryan is truly an inspiration. Despite being diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at a young age, she refused to let it defeat her. Through her creative talents in writing poetry and photography, she has brought attention to social and emotional issues that affect teenagers today. Her poem, Stranger in The Mirror, is a powerful piece that sheds light on the struggles of those battling with eating disorders. Juliana's strength and determination serve as a reminder to all of us to never give up in the face of adversity.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My poem was inspired by my close friend's struggle with an eating disorder. I enjoy expressing my emotions through writing, especially regarding topics that affect teens like me. Teenagers experience many emotions, and navigating through them can be challenging. As I approach my Senior year, I'm beginning to realize how daunting it can be to face the unknown. Photography is another passion, and I enjoy capturing people's true essence in my pictures. It's incredible how we can surprise ourselves by trying new things! When I took it as an elective, I discovered my hidden talent for photography.
What else would you like to talk about? I absolutely love writing poetry and capturing raw emotions through my photography. As a rising senior, I can't help but think about the future and what I want to do for a living. Choosing a career that you're passionate about is the key to never feeling like work is a chore. That's why I plan on studying communications and public relations in college. My ultimate goal is to write poetry that speaks to everyone and reminds them that they're never truly alone.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? I am passionate about giving back to the community. As a youth ambassador for the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, I support veterans' mental health and well-being by helping them transition back into civilian life through a mentor program called Character Does Matter. This program empowers veterans to become youth mentors and make a positive impact on the younger generation. The foundation was created in honor of Travis Manion, a courageous marine who lived each day to the fullest and believed in the mantra, "If not me...Then who?" I strive to uphold this same inspirational mantra in my daily life.
Look for Juliana in issue 69 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!