@CookyOfficial, 23 – FUNDED

Techie, dancer, freestyle rapper (on occasion!), and gamer, @CookyOfficial is also a college student majoring in multimedia storytelling with a minor in new media design. She has been playing video games since she was a kid and she loves all types of games — ranging from FPS to RPGs to MOBAs and more!

But, on her stream, she also likes to share her journey in learning Korean and to talk about fitness, Korean skincare and haircare, graphic design, photography, video production, and more.

As you can tell, this BroadcastHER Student Scholarship winner has a lot of passions and interests!

What is your dream as a digital broadcaster?

I want to share stories through gaming and life experiences while fighting the mental health stigma.

How will the BroadcastHER Student Scholarship from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

This will help me with paying off my loans!

What does being the recipient of the BroadcastHER Student Scholarship mean to you?

It means the world to me that people feel that I’m worth investing in… that what I’m doing is helping others and that it’s paying off to do what I love.

Women are underrepresented in gaming, broadcasting, and e-sports. What can we do to change this?

I think it’s about making a safe space for women to just be who they are. I talk about mental health — and often stream barefaced — because I want people to know that it’s okay to embrace yourself for who you are.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

Lots of racism and trolls made it hard to stream for awhile — and not having the money to upgrade my setup was also challenging.

What advice do you have for women who want to start broadcasting?

Just do it. The hardest part is starting, but once you start, there’s no stopping. Don’t focus on the numbers at all; just be yourself and have fun.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Knowing that my work is making a positive difference — and inspiring people to follow their dreams or get that help they need for the betterment of their mental health — is more than enough to keep me going. So, too, are the great friends I’ve met along the way.