This is Katie. She’s 18 and ready to rock the next chapter of her life as she moves on to New York University in the fall. She’ll be attending the Tisch School of the Arts to study film production, and I have every bit of confidence that she’ll fulfill her dream to pursue producing and directing in Hollywood one day.
I’ve known Katie since she was just a bun in the oven. It’s hard to believe I’ve been attending our church for over 18 years, but that’s how we met. When she was brand new everyone would pass her around at our picnics and services. She was by far the cutest baby that season.
Then she grew up. And as the years kept turning, the more I began to respect her and value her as a young lady in our community. I remember one of our first one-on-one conversations at a holiday party when she was in sixth grade; I was surprised at how sharp she was and how brightly she spoke. And now that she’s a young adult, ready to take her next steps towards her future, I couldn’t be more proud.
Because Katie is sharp. She’s intelligent. She’s deep. She’s driven. She’s the type of girl you look up to, even though she’s young. She’s the type of girl that grabs life by the reins and says, ‘Let’s go!’ I’d ride with her any day.
Thanks for the opportunity to document this small segment of your life, Katie. I can’t wait to watch what you do next.