On Thursday, May 9th, I attended the Girl Rising screening. It was a wonderful educational, and heart-warming film. Before the film, I knew that there were problems for women in third-world countries, but I had no idea it was this bad. This film opened my eyes to what was going on in the world. It made me want to do something to help. Not only did the film open my eyes, but it was gave me hope that these girls are going to fight through adversity and become successful. It made me realize how fortunate I was for my education and my opportunities to be successful in life and I learned not to take that for granted. After the film, I also participated in the banner message activity students from my grade had organized. I wrote several notes of encouragement to different girls who were fighting through adversity to create a better life for themselves at our partner school in Uganda. These messages made me feel a connection to these girls, and that I may be helping motivating them not to give up. This was a great experience and I learned a lot from it.