Chelsea A.

Graduate Recipient

"A year from now, what advice might you give to your past self that could help you overcome any obstacles you are currently facing? Explain how this advice could help you live your life with CF to the fullest potential right now. As part of your essay please also explain the significance of your creative presentation to your journey with CF."

If I were to receive the ability to time travel and give my past-self one piece of info, if would be to accept limitations. Living with CF with a norm for me my entire life, however, it is sometimes hard to realize that my body is actually exhausted and needs to slow down. I have never been one to let sickness stop me from anything, but the importance of rest and self-reliance is imperative to sustain a healthy life with this disease. Most people can push themselves to limit without any serious repercussions. CF has taught me to slow down and to remain aware of the silent warnings my body gives me. After all, my body wants to remain alive! This relates to my creative presentation because I believe that fire flow art is a very self-reliant art. Most people don’t understand it, and the spectators can’t really tell if you’re doing something wrong. The art in itself is only possible to through total awareness of your surroundings, the temperature your body is feeling, and the safety of those around you. Managing a chronic disease is much like playing with fire; you are capable of hurting yourself and the ones you love most, however, when you are aware of your senses and open, it can blossom into a beautiful thing—something that is beautiful, entrancing, but concerning from afar.


Chelsea A.'s Artwork

Chelsea A.'s Achievements

  • Secretary of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA: January 2014-August 2014
  • Presenter at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE): February 2014
  • Presenter at the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project Conference: March 2013
  • Judged the Cobb County Writing Competition by reading and assessing the quality of creative writing applicants from the Cobb County School system: March 2013
  • DJ and specialty music host at Kennesaw State University's Owl Radio for 4 semesters (August 2009-August 2011). Host and managed personal music show, recorded interviews and data, kept track of guests, uploaded and censored music, and interview guest speakers and performers.
  • Full time 10th grade World Literature teacher at North Paulding High School in Dallas, GA: December 2015-present
  • Sponsor of the Creative Writing Club/tutoring at North Paulding High School: August 2015-present. Weekly meetings consist of reading and revising student work, practicing creative writing techniques, and mentoring student leaders.
  • Worked as a substitute teacher during college in the Paulding County School District in Georgia: August 2012-2015.
  • Private piano and guitar teacher for students of all ages: work one-on-one with students of all ages up to 12 hours a week: December 2007-present
  • Worked as a character actor in Tucker, GA for Room Escape Adventures: Trapped in a Room with a Zombie (A Bucket List Productions). Fulfills duties as a zombie character actor and hosted/guided gusts in the interactive theater production.