My favorite Archer memory is sitting in the Courtyard with my friends. We would spend free periods soaking up the sun. I also enjoyed the bus rides we had together every day.
I was able to be myself at Archer and participate in basketball and theater. I was allowed to be loud and silly and I left feeling confident as a woman. There’s something special in the air here. I have two daughters and I hope we can continue to speak up and elevate voices so they grow up in a different environment than we all did. I also want them to feel safe and happy to be themselves.
I give back out of gratitude and the desire for more girls to experience what I had. I feel that it’s my duty.
Photography by Tara Niami '11
Photo editing by Daniel Rarela