“I’m so proud of my sister for doing that kind thing to all those young kids.”

"Lots of places around East Lansing have opened their doors for free to MSU members this week to help. What is something that you've done to help someone who is hurting? What's something that someone else has done for you?" So I can kind of speak for my sister.  Excuse me? So, she goes to the ski hill a lot - Oh no. and when she sees little kids who fell, who're hurt, she'll go down and help them up. And that's just the kindness that she brings. How do you know about that? Do you stalk me at the ski hill? And actually this is just like -  and I'm so proud of my sister for doing that kind thing to all those young kids. She's like giving it back, her, like, stupidness to the world, and it's really really sweet that she earned back some of her smartness. Hey, I wish I could say that the same thing to you about helping and stuff, but I really can't so... Toys for Tots. Oh, yeah. Toys for Tots. She totally didn't have to tell me about that for me to remember. Okay. So every year I raise money by selling golf balls and Petoskey stones. You can contact my mom if you want any, and then we take all the money and buy toys for Toys for Tots and give it back. Like this yearm I raised 19 toys and I'm already starting to raise money for next year. Which is ridiculous. So if you want to donate, just contact my mom.

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“It reminds me that I can chill out a little bit.”

"When you're upset, what is something that brings you comfort? Is there a particular food or TV show that is comforting to you?"  Like, I - for me, it's always kind of ice cream. I really, really like ice cream. Which is kind of like - even if it's winter, I will have ice cream as my comfort food. It's just kind of what takes away all the stress. It reminds me that I can chill out a little bit. I don't have to be this stressed out. I'll get through it. There's nothing that I haven't been able to push forward through in the past. So this is going to be fine. It's gonna be chill. And, like, who cares if I don't move on to the National Spelling Bee? Like, I'm one step away from that. Who cares? Like, I've studied hard up to this point. I have another month of studying to go. Who cares if I don't make MAGS when I swim? Which is the state competition. Like, I'm not even going, I'm going to Hawai'i. Who cares if I get an A minus on my robotics thing? I still have an A in that class. Who cares if, like, social studies is a little bit stressful? I can study hard. These are all real scenarios that I'm stressing out over right now. And right now, I'm kinda telling myself, "This is what you have to do." Even without the ice cream. So, I mean, comfort food works, but you can also kinda mentally prepare yourself for things, too. As far as a TV show goes, it used to be Survivor, but now it's not really, like, a TV show, it's more so playing on my phone or playing Fortnite or FIFA or Battlefront, just - or there's another Xbox game we have called Gang Beasts. Like, any one of those things and I'll be a-okay.

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“He wasn’t letting me feel unimportant.”

"What is a famous person or an important person I met that turned out to not be that great?" I'll answer it actually as a famous person or an important person I met that turned out to be that great. I was living in Rhode Island, and it was such a weird way that this happened, but I was in a meeting and somebody was asking me, it was like a external partner, you know, "Who am I?" Kind of a little bit about myself, and it was pretty standard that people might, like, prod about your professional or educational background. So the person asked me, you know, something about what degree do I have. And so I said, "Oh, I have a master's in public health." And usually that's the end of the conversation but this specific person was like, "Oh, like, what specifically did you focus on or what did you study?" And so I said, "Oh, like, global health, uh, infectious disease." And the person was like, "Oh, have you heard of Paul Farmer?" Who was like my idol and I was like, "Yes, I've absolutely heard of Paul Farmer." And they were like, "Oh, cool. Well, my husband coordinates some sort of speaking engagements at one of the local universities and, like, Paul Farmer's gonna be there tonight. Do you want to go?" And I was like, "Oh my God. Yes. I absolutely do." So they gave me instructions, and I don't know, got me a ticket, which was so generous, and I went, and it was him and then I forget the name of the other person that was there, but he was part of, I think it was a two-person team, that discovered the virus that causes HIV. So they were talking about global health just generally and some of their own personal and professional experiences.  And afterwards, like so many of the students just left. I was like, "Oh my gosh, like why aren't they trying to talk to Paul Farmer?" So I got in line, and I didn't have anything to say other than just like - 'cause really, it was reading about Paul Farmer and Mountains Beyond Mountains that got me into public health where I just thought, like, "Yes. This is what I want to be doing." So I just wanted to say that to him which I'm sure he hears a lot. And…

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“Thoughts and prayers to the Spartan Community today.” 

I was just hoping to briefly share my condolences to the Michigan Diaries team and Michigan State Community today. Just seeing some really tough news that I, you know, can only imagine the kind of feelings that everyone's going through in the active shooter situation. So I, yeah, just wanted to offer, you know, some more words of support. Definitely have the team and the Spartans on my mind. And I saw that class schedules and sports schedules and stuff are canceled. 100% understandable. You know, I can keep making recordings. I think the planets will wait for Michigan Diaries whenever you're ready. You know, if we gotta take a week off, you know, I'll still be here. So. Or if you want to continue the pace of normalcy, I would understand that as well. Yeah. Just I have to imagine really, really tough day for everyone in East Lansing. So my thoughts and prayers to the Spartan Community today.

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