Student Voices

Kellen Williams

My name is Kellen Williams and I am a senior from Matthews, NC. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies.

Activities

I love to stay active through running and yoga and I love to be outdoors. I also like to spend time outside of school staying involved with the community by volunteering and participating in fundraisers. Right now, I am a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run and in the past I have had a great deal of involvement in Special Olympics. I plan to extend my community outreach throughout and beyond my time at Wingate.

Favorite Class Info

My favorite class right now is Psychotherapy with Dr. Jay Wilder. It is an interactive approach to apply what I have learned throughout my studies and interests in Psychology.

Tickle Monster 443 - 1/27/2014



When I was 12 years old, I made a resolution to not tickle my sister again. I made this commitment partially because she asked me to, partially because I would soon be blossoming into a mature teenager, and mostly to avoid getting a life-threatening kick to the head.

It was the easiest resolution to stick to, probably because I was so motivated by fear, so I kept renewing the vow every year. Now, after a ten year streak of never breaking a resolution, I am feeling empowered and inspired by my self control.

This year, my resolution is to top last year’s best moment. It’s a very general and cliche resolution, but it’s kind of a big deal. Last year’s best moment was arguably my life’s best moment. It’s definitely up there. But this year just felt like the right time to go for it, given my 10-year resolution anniversary. This year also is the year of my college graduation and my first trip out of the country. It has a lot of potential.

My shining moment of 2013 was the New York City Marathon. Not only was it my first marathon, but it was my first time in New York. It was a beautiful weekend, and such an inspiring time to be in the city (although I’m pretty sure it never fails to inspire). I felt so energized seeing all of the other passionate runners. The 16th mile and the finish line were two of the most exhilarating sights I’d ever seen. I felt like I could run forever.

Mostly, I felt like I could run forever because I wasn’t running at all. I forgot to mention that I was just a spectator at the marathon. Not to belittle my accomplishments, getting around in New York City when security is tripled requires exceptional skill. But I was there as my sister’s fan and cheerleader. I like to think I contributed to her training; what if she had tickling injuries that held her back from running? If she had kicked me in the preteen head, it could have damaged her foot so badly that she wouldn’t have been able to run (I’m hard-headed). That resolution really impacted her in ways we couldn’t have expected.

I’ve always thought resolutions were kind of silly. That’s why the only resolution I’ve ever had was about tickling. When my brain is in holiday relaxation mode, it’s too much pressure to suddenly decide how I’m going to spend an entire year. But now I see that resolutions don’t have to be some major turning point in life. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Like, for example, one year you decided not to tickle your sister and ten years later you watch her achieve one of the most amazing things a human can possibly do.

You don’t need a new year to make a change; you just need inspiration. Resolutions all come from feeling inspired. Countdown to the ball drop. My sister has been my inspiration each year. By ball drop, I mean tear fall, because she should cry by this point in the story. I’m being much sweeter than I was when I was twelve. The decisions you make today could still be lasting in ten years, but they aren’t difficult to make if you’re inspired enough.

Recent Blog Posts

Tickle Monster
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To Drink or Not to Drink
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Scarlet Letter
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