Stephanie, left, and Johairah
Stephanie and Johairah are embarking on their second year together in the CfY program. Stephanie told us about their relationship and what she’s looking forward to this year:
“When we met the first night at camp we sat in a big circle for our icebreaker. I sat next to Johairah. We had to share our favorite lyric with each other, and she had a nice one. I couldn’t think of a lyric so picked a funny one. We laughed pretty hard when she had to recite it to the group. The rest of the weekend I felt connected to Johairah because there are a lot of similarities in our personalities. I admired how brave she was, and how open and supportive she was to everyone she was meeting. Johairah and I have a great friendship. We get along really well, and conversations feel safe and natural.
There are a lot of things I admire about Johairah. She is amazingly smart, driven, and so determined. She is an amazing friend and is extremely involved at school and in her community. I admire her ability to listen and step back when others want to step up. Johairah is also super cool, always open to trying new things, and I am lucky to be her friend. This year I am excited to continue to have good conversations, share meals together, and go on some adventures together. I always joke that she is my mentor, and hopefully, as she goes through her last couple years of high school, I can help her find good resources in the engineering world that she can use to figure out what her next step is. I can’t wait to create an even stronger friendship and make lots of memories!”