This summer, we've brought on four benevolent women from Indiana University to the MORE Magazine team. It feels selfish to keep them to ourselves, so they're each going to be sharing a bit about who they are and how they're planning to seek MORE for themselves as they join us this summer.
My name is Aashna Dogra, an intern here at MORE, and I am a student at Indiana University - Bloomington, studying at the Kelley School of Business. Some of my passions include working towards social justice, equity, and body neutrality. A big part of my childhood was spent discovering my personal style and what I enjoy doing, despite what my peers around me were up to. One of the most impactful moments was working with beauty and cosmetics. I spend my free time playing around with new makeup styles, brands, and techniques, which continues to be an inspiration and my creative outlet. The ability to use my face as a palette to create something completely unique is everything to me! Outside of that, I love cherishing time with my family and friends, exploring the world and what it has to offer, as well as listening to all kinds of music (except country, no hate to all the country fans out there).
A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to hear Arianna Cruz speak at a conference in which she talked about being a founder and what MORE is all about. I fell in love with the brand and everything MORE stood for, and was eager to apply for the summer internship. What struck me the most was the inclusivity of the brand, and how it was far more than “just a magazine”. Each issue has the goal to “inspire, educate, and call to action” which is an understatement of the wide array of stories from so many different communities that speak for so many people who may not have the resources to be heard. MORE specifically stuck with me on a personal level, because as a woman of color, it is easy to feel like a small fish in a big ocean. But, MORE inspires and reminds me everyday that there are good people that want to make each opportunity reachable for everyone, despite what makes us appear “different” from society, and integrating that difference to make our work unique and an accurate representation of who we are.
“Seeking MORE” to me means that there are endless possibilities for what is to come. I used to live in fear that my ideas and innovations were not good enough for the world and that the competition was too intense, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Seeking MORE means that we each individually have the power to make our everlasting impact on the world and that there are people out there who are willing to support and provide the resources to our own definition of success. Despite what may create obstacles in our lives, or any prejudices we may face, we have the power to take control of how we can continue to make the world a better place for all of us to live. Working with MORE has allowed me to integrate the values we celebrate here in my professional as well as personal life, and I encourage others strongly to do the same!