It began with a search for an identity. At 8 years old, my parents placed me into taekwondo because I wanted to defend myself the next time my cousin decided to hit me with a racket. I quit a year later. They placed me in basketball when I was 10 because I wanted to be Kobe Bryant. I managed to land only one shot the whole season. Ice skating, chess, orchestra, marching band, and eventually computer science. Nothing stuck and nothing inspired me until one day my sister suggested looking into “graphic design”.
From that day on, everything in my life fell into place. Reflecting back, it felt as though I was always suppressing a part of me that loved art. I never understood that the constant drawings I made with my cheap paint set indicated that I could become a real artist. It felt like a breath of fresh air when I was told to play with color schemes during my first design class.
But rather than looking at my past hobbies as a waste of time, I’m grateful of my diverse background. Art exists in every subject and graphic design creates opportunities to explore it all. What I wish to bring to the table is the ability to influence the world for the better through my various experiences.