Hey Bsquad! It’s been such a long time since my last blog post! I just wanted to come on here and tell you all a little bit about myself and how I incorporated SimplyB into my life as a student last year. I would love for you to see me more deeply than just the face of SimplyB. As you already know I am the CEO of SimplyB and 16 years old. I do in fact handmake all of the products we sell. In my post, I refer to myself as “we” and that is because it is more professional than saying “I.” So many people think that I have a team of people helping me or my mom helping me to make the products and create social media content, but the truth is I do it ALL myself. Not to take away from my amazing mother helping me deliver things to and from the post office and delivering local orders. But, I think so many people just assume that I don’t run SimplyB independently because I have such a strenuous schedule as it is.
Last school year, sophomore year, was my first year taking an AP class. Also known as, Advanced Placement which is at a higher level than honor classes, a college-level class in which I can earn college credits depending on how well I do in the class. I decided to take AP US History. I had that class along with all of my other 6 classes, which were honor classes. Taking on those classes alone was very taxing because the AP class was more work than I expected. I was always a student that school came easy to and didn’t have to put much effort to ace a class, but last year was NOT the case. I quickly realized that I had to study and apply myself in a way that I never had to before, which was a hard adjustment. With that, I was learning predominantly over zoom which caused a learning barrier that I also was not prepared for. However, with all that I passed with an average of 85% in the class. To be honest I wasn’t too satisfied with this grade, as I was used to being a straight-A student (this hurt my ego a little lol).
However, that year I also had more than academics to juggle. In the fall, I played on my high school’s varsity volleyball team. We had practice every day for about 1 ½ to 2 hours right after school. After I got home from practice around 5:30 I would eat and do my homework and sometimes have to work on a writing piece for my school newspaper. I took a journalism class sophomore year, which required me to write for our school newspaper club. I especially enjoyed writing, as many of my pieces were opinion articles. I would even get to write about our volleyball team and our highlights. Volleyball was such a huge commitment that I took on as it would take up about 20-24 hours during the week, THAT’S A PART TIME JOB (lol). Some days I would get home from games at around 8 or 9 and still have 2-3 hours of homework to complete and SimplyB orders to do. During the school year, I was also a student council representative for my grade, in the environment club, our diversity club, and varsity track and field. Track took up the same amount of time volleyball did, we even had weekend tournaments. I run hurdles events in track, such as 300meter and 100meter hurdles. Sports are something that I am passionate about and I wouldn’t want to ever give up!
I was also in the process of writing a book!!! I love poetry and aspire to write AND publish my book by the summer of 2022! Stay tuned (lol)! Finding time for my passion for writing was very difficult with all that I had going on. But, this year I am working to put more time aside for my hobbies outside of school, which I will explain more in a later blog.
During last school year, I also worked on myself. As most people say, high school changes people, even yourself. I experienced quite à bit of drama with my friends that I felt dampened my overall happiness and mental health. I am going to dedicate a blog post to this to further explain, but this was a huge part of my sophomore year. Through everything that happened, I learned so much about myself and although I loved myself before, I have a new profound love for the individual I am becoming.
This is just a small summary of how my sophomore year went, in further blogs, I will further explain each section. Such as going viral on TikTok, finding myself through drama, managing being an involved student-athlete with a business and more. But, in the meantime. Here is a little snippet, hope you enjoyed it!