#41. January 2nd, 2013: Maia Ferdman

Maia Ferdman is driven, intelligent, motivated, caring, lovable, and incredibly talented. As I told her tonight, ever since I met her I have admired her and her ability to balance the care she has for her schoolwork and future with the compassion she has for her friends. Maia is someone you want to have in your life if you’re looking for a fantastic friend who will cheer you up when you need it, and someone who will surprise and shock you with her next big thing. She’s already writing for the Daily Bruin at UCLA and it won’t be long before she unveils her next project or advancement. Maia is truly a phenomenal human being. I am so thankful to call her a friend in my life. I know that I can always have a deep and intellectual conversation with her, and yet I also know I can speak to her about anything ridiculous and cheesy. 🙂 One of my favorite memories with her was the night before TEDxSanDiego, the adult event, in December of 2011. We both were some of the youngest people at the Reception the night before and there was this one moment in particular that captured “Maia” in my eyes. There she was, performing her spoken word poetry piece in front of tons of people she had never met. She wasn’t just reciting it though. She was passionately conveying the emotions in every single word and phrase and it honestly gave me chills watching it. Maia is someone who puts 110% effort and devotion into everything she does and cares about. And as a result of that, it’s always a magical experience watching her do what she does in life 🙂 Maia, I can’t thank you enough for being in my life. Thank you for always challenging me and my ideas in a constructive and supportive way. Thank you for always poking fun at me when it’s necessary 🙂 Thank you for always being honest with your advice and words; I truly do appreciate that. Thank you for always striving to be your best and for being such a beautiful human being inside and out. Seriously 🙂 Also, thank you for not calling me out on any grammar mistakes I have made in this post 🙂 For all of that, Maia, I thank you 🙂

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