Hope Minor

Scientist & Athlete

Hope Minor doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.

Since she was born, Hope has traveled the U.S. and the world with her Air Force family. While this lifestyle has given her many opportunities, it has also provided obstacles. Traveling from state to state and country to country means that Hope has frequently changed schools and has needed to make new friends.

Instead of complaining, Hope embraces each new experience with the maturity and insight of someone much older. For example, her travels showed her the need for medical care in developing nations and, as a result, Hope plans to become a doctor to help the less fortunate.

Hope loves science and was encouraged recently by a teacher to enter science competitions. It paid off as she won her Science Olympiad regional competition and qualified for the upcoming state competition. That same weekend, Hope competed with her championship volleyball team.

A self image advocate, Hope is fiercely devoted to her friends and works to reinforce the notion that all girls are amazing.

We had a chance to ask Hope a few questions. Something tells us this amazing girl has only just begun to create a better world!

“ALWAYS follow your dreams!” – Hope Minor

Q & A

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: I want to be a doctor so that I can help to save people in foreign countries who are less fortunate than I am.

Q: What do people say when you tell them that?

A: They mostly say that it takes a lot of time to become a doctor and ask if I am ready for that much work.

Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?

A: It’s not that I feel badly about the term “princess”; I mean, there were many great princesses. But, I feel like nowadays it has been coined as the term for a “damsel in distress” or, for instance, a weak girl who can only ever be one thing.

Q: How did you become interested in the science competitions?

A: I became interested because I love science, and I was told by my teacher that the competitions would expand my knowledge of science. Since I love it, why wouldn’t I want to expand my knowledge of that subject?

Q: Do your family and friends support you?

A: I believe that my friends and family will always be my greatest supporters because they push me to be a better version of myself and to do things I have never done before and have never thought of doing.

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Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?

A: I never really thought I would be called an “amazing girl” for doing this. I just wanted to help other girls who are struggling with self image because I believe that is one of the hardest battles in life to fight. It is a battle with yourself, and it is very difficult to change your own mind. I also know what it’s like to struggle with self-image, and I believe if I would have had anything like this when I was younger, I would have had a much easier time understanding just how amazing I am and all other girls are.

Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?

A: Kind, funny, intelligent – things I strive to be every day

Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your accomplishments?

A: I want them to know that I would protect my friends no matter what, and that the best advice I could ever give you is that life only happens once so never waste it thinking about what could have been. And, as I said before, ALWAYS follow your dreams!

Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, whom would it be?

A: Malala because she was given rules on how she had to act and what she could learn. However, she dismissed the rules because she knew that she could be more and that other girls could be more, too, if they were just given the chance.

Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?

A: I would tell that girl to always work as hard as she can at everything she does and to do it with conviction. Even if you are wrong, have the confidence to know that you can change the world no matter what anyone tells you. And always, ALWAYS follow your dreams.

Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?

A: Who has helped you through the hard times in your life and how?

Fun Facts:

  • Her favorite app is the Netflix app because who doesn’t want to watch their favorite movies on the iPod or computer.
  • Hope’s favorite TV show is Once Upon A Time because the way the show is written makes you rethink all those childhood fairytales and see the characters in a new light.
  • Her favorite song is “Castle” by Halsey.
  • Hope’s favorite sports team is the Denver Broncos. WE WON! (the Superbowl)
  • Her favorite subject in school is math because when she can’t sort out life, she can always find the answer to an equation, and it puts everything into perspective.