Maria Arriaga - Wisconsin Nomination & Photography by Ashley Kalbus Photography Issue 54 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Maria Arriaga is such a beautiful soul! After high school, she is going to pursue a degree in Psychology at UW- Green Bay. She has a strong passion for helping and understanding people. Maria plans to help kids who don't have the support they need in their lives and is eager to help them. She has been through so much and is looking to make a difference in our world. She's the true definition of generous.
What would you most like to be interviewed about/what should we definitely know about you? There are many questions that I wouldn’t have the perfect answer to. Though, one thing about me is that battling through some of the things i’ve been through, i’ve learned and grown tremendously as a person. From independence to self love.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I find joy in motivating my peers and those close to me when they need it the most. Seeing them down would be some of the hardest things I have to witness. I like reminding people that they are so much more than their past. Pushing them to be better, not for the people around them but for themselves.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Something that I could talk about would be the impact of social media on todays teens. During my virtual school year of 2020-2021 due to Covid, I went through some of the hardest times. Not only do social platforms expose teens to unrealistic beauty standards but they also expose younger kids to things that no longer preserve their childhood.
Look for Maria in issue 54 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!