Sydney Miller - Ohio Interview by Inspiring Teens Nominated by Angie Yoder Photography by Lady Brio Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Sydney Miller is inspiring because she was burned 60% of her body when she was 15 months old and she has never let that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She even wants to help kids in similar situations as her when she grows up.
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Tell us about your injury, recovery, and overall outlook on the experiences you've had as a result. My injury happened when I was in a car accident at 15 months old. I was burned 60% of my body. I grew up learning and adjusting because of this injury and overall I would say it's made me a better person. I have been to burn camp to help kids with similar or worse burn injuries. These kids helped me as much as I helped them. After camp, everyone would go back home happier and more confident than before. Camp helped me grow as a person and it helped me realize I wouldn't be where I am now without my burns.
How do you want to help kids in similar situations in the future? After high school, I plan on getting my nursing degree and working in the pediatric burn unit. I know my way around burns which makes it a perfect fit! I can help kids cope with the pain I have had to endure or tell them what they should expect from one surgery compared to another. I would also like to go back and be a counselor at burn camp, to show kids that if you put your mind to it anything is possible.
What are your hobbies? Which is your favorite, and what do you spend the most time doing? My hobbies would include reading, golfing, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends and family. My favorite would be hanging out with my friends because I never know what to expect with them because they always have some crazy adventure planned.
How did you get started playing golf? How often do you get to play, and where is your favorite place to golf? Please also share a favorite memory involving golf. My burn injury caused me to stop playing volleyball because my feet couldn't take how aggressive I was on the court. I needed to play a sport for high school, so I chose golf. It has been so much fun playing with my team! I would play a lot when I had matches but now I just play whenever my friends are free. My favorite memory from my golf career would be getting Culver's with the team after a match. This is our go-to restaurant and it's become a tradition.
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What do you think is the most challenging thing facing teens/you/your friends in general during this phase of covid, and what are your recommendations for getting through it? I think school is really challenging during covid. We grew up learning in a classroom setting and we have gotten used to learning that way. So, learning online or hybrid makes it a lot harder to understand the concepts that are being taught. I think that it's important to ask questions when needed and form a study group chat with your friends so you can help each other better understand.
You are very inspiring. Who do you find inspiring? I find my older brother to be inspiring because he saved my life when he was only 8 years old. He is also someone who has been a great role model to me growing up. He has always been there for me when I need him. My brother has also supported me in everything I do. I don't know where I would be without him.
Look for Sydney in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!