Name: Jenna Delaney

Social Media Handle/Username: @Cande_Cane

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hello,
My name is Jenna Delaney. I am 18 years old and live in New York City. I am currently a high school senior, graduating in about a month. I intend to go to college with the intention of receiving a Masters degree in Education.

What Inspires You Every day? : This past year has been difficult for everyone and finding inspiration to do anything has been more challenging than ever before. I’ve recently gone through some person challenges that have guided me back towards God and faith. Knowing that I have God with me at all times, looking after me, inspires me to push forward and to know that He will guide me.

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What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Confucius famously stated, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” When things get difficult and seem nearly impossible, our first instinct may be to just give up and to try something easier. However, sometimes it is not the goal, but rather our efforts to achieve that goal, that we should change.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to live in a way that helps others with difficulties that they may face and to show them that although we might be in a dark place, the sun will shine again.

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How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : As previously stated, this past year has been difficult for everyone, and I am no exception to this. I admit, there have many, many times when I have felt no sense of purpose. Every day felt the same, with no desire to do anything. Not being able to see many friends and family has been heartbreaking. However, the increase in personal time has allowed me to meditate and see life through a different lens. I have discovered new things about myself and have a new and profound outlook on life.

What is a message you would like to give others? : A message that I would like to give others is to never give up and know that you’re not alone. You are always loved. You have amazing family and friends who will always love and support you. Never let feelings of sadness and loneliness overwhelm you. Share any negative feelings that you may have before they pile up and lead to something bigger.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I love sports. I played softball for many years in school and play basketball for fun. I enjoy watching professional sports, specifically NBA, NFL and MLB games. I love to bake, hike and spend time with friends and family.

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