Mena Brazinski – New York Nomination & Photography by Bev Selvetti Photography Issue 56 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Mena Brazinski is a senior at Rome Free Academy and will be majoring in English at SUNY Albany this fall. She is president of her school's Model United Nations club and spearheads its initiatives to help the environment. Writing is one of her hobbies, and her past work has been recognized-- she won the Davis Essay contest. After she graduates with her bachelor's, she hopes to either attend graduate school and become an English professor or go to law school to become a child advocacy lawyer. She will also graduate from her high school with a seal for civil service.
What should we know about you? My love for reading and writing is my most salient feature; it drives almost everything I do, and the books I have read throughout my life have shaped who I am. I could talk for hours about the ones that impacted me the most. It has led me to this major that will give me the freedom to choose from many different career paths when I make my final decision in four years, and I am excited to accomplish my long term goals of getting involved in local politics and giving back to my community after I graduate college.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I try to be as humble as possible, but I am proud of all I have achieved because I worked hard for it. What I am most proud of is my original poem, "Someone to Leave Parties With." It was given an honorable mention from Scholastic, but the award wasn't the most important part-- it was how hard I worked on it. I am also a ski instructor, and I love what I do. I have worked at my ski hill for four years and was able to market myself and work on my public speaking.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I am incredibly passionate about the importance of literacy. The shift to technology has left us forgetting how vital it is to read books. They are how we tell stories and how we preserve them to pass down; it is the very thing that makes us human. To be able to relate to a piece of literature from hundreds of years ago just goes to show how people are the same across the ages. There's something really comforting and grounding in that.
Look for Mena in issue 56 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!