Ali, 21 years old

Name: Ali, 21 years old

Submitted by: Her sister
Location: Westfield, MA
What's going on?: Alison is an extremely bright and sweet girl who, unfortunately, is also extremely hypercritical of herself and often feels like she is an outsider (even though she is loved by so many). These feelings of overwhelm have seemed to intensify now that she's graduating from a highly sexist program and will soon enter a highly sexist workplace (engineering). Sometimes I feel that she tries to limit herself and her talents to avoid pushback from others, and as her sister I hate to think that she's dimming her light in anyway. She deserves to shine as bright as she can and to be as happy and as at ease as possible because she's one of the best humans I know.

What do you love most about this girl?: I love that despite all that she has been through and how much she has grown, she has never lost touch of her youth. She's a talented artist, a forever fan of everything Disney, and is such a loyal, thoughtful person. There's a reason why she still has best friends from elementary school. I also love how she's not afraid to have diverse interests - she loves Lucille Ball and black and white movies; she makes short films in her free time; she plays videogames (impressively well); she through-hikes and rock climbs for fun; and she's obsessed with Broadway soundtracks. Although she may lack some self-confidence, she's actually extremely brave and open-minded.

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Letters Needed: 15

Sabrina, 21 years old

Name: Sabrina, 21 years old

Submitted by: A friend
Location: Kennesaw, GA
What's going on?: She has been feeling really bad about herself recently and she is very self-conscious about her appearance. She feels like she looks too boyish and that she isn’t enough and isn’t beautiful. She is frequently stressed over college. She’s had a lot of surgeries and stuff recently as well that have left her unable to feel all parts of her chin.

What do you love most about this girl?: She’s so beautiful and wonderful and so sweet. She’s always there if anyone needs her and she’s a great cook. She’s vegetarian and she is extremely intelligent and smart in school. She’s going to do amazing things one day.

Anything else you want to tell us? She loves sending mail and she has friends who love and care about her. Letting her know she doesn’t need any guy to make her happy might also be good.

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Letters Needed: 15

Emily, 21 years old

Name: Emily, 21 years old

Submitted by: Her best friend
Location: Wallingford, CT
What's going on?: Emily is in college and pursuing a double major. She is an outstanding artist and I am proud to call her my friend. She has a lot on her plate both academically and with her family and is often anxious and nervous about what the future holds. As we head into our senior year of college I just want her to know how strong she is and that good things are coming her way no matter what struggles she is facing.

What do you love most about this girl?:  Emily is so sweet, she is shy but only till you get to know her and then she is pure sunshine. She can make you feel like the best person in the entire world by sharing her friendship with you. She is an incredibly talented artist and writer and loves fiercely. I am so grateful to call her my best friend.

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Letters Needed: 15

Sarah, 21 years old

Name: Sarah, 21 years old
Submitted by: Her bet friend/cousin
Location: Cincinnati, OH
What's going on?:  Sarah struggles with anxiety and depression and has recently been very down on herself and has been having a really hard time. She is in nursing school which has been super hard lately and her depression is really at its worst right now. She really could use a pick me up and I think these letter would help give her the confidence and motivation she needs to finish out the school year and be a little happier.

What do you love most about this girl?: Sarah is amazingly strong like no other person I’ve ever met. Her life hasn’t been easy and she pushes through everyday with so much grace and ease. Sarah is sweet and cares so much about everyone’s feelings and if everyone else is okay. Sarah is compassionate towards others and can make anyone smile.

Anything else you want to tell us? Sarah is one of the greatest people I have ever met and I think getting these letters will hopefully make her smile and bring back some joy that she has.

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Letters Needed: 15

Jessi, 30 years old

Name: Jessi, 30 years old

Submitted by: Her best friend
Location: Middletown, OH
What's going on?: Jessi has been a long time best friend of mine since we were fortunate to meet. She is the single mother of her beautiful daughter, Sadie (9), and would do anything for her. Jessi struggles with self-confidence and self worth. She struggles financially as her whole family lives below the poverty line. She is often working for money she never gets to see and will rarely spend even $10 on herself. She feels like a failure often because of her financial insecurity and her ability to fully support herself.

What do you love most about this girl?: Jessi is the most generous person I have ever met. Despite struggling financially, she will share anything and everything she has with those she cares about. She has supported me through so many of my huge life transitions and expected nothing in return. She is incredibly selfless. She shares a passion for music (New Found Glory and Backstreet Boys are her favorite!) She is a gorgeous person inside and out and could use a little encouragement to remind her of that!

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Letters Needed: 15