People often tell me their first impression of me is that I am an ordinary, sweet quiet girl. After they get to know me, they later say that I am so much more than what they had expected. I take this as a compliment. I do not want to be normal and ordinary, following along with what everyone else is choosing. I aspire to be my greatest self, that the abilities and talents that I have gained are not my highest potential but only a stepping stone to my peak.
“I have always liked quiet people. You never now if they’re simply dancing in daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world.” — Anonymous
I have been homeschooled all my life, more specifically I have never attended a school with other students. I am confident that this has heavily affected my personality and what I believe in. My interests over the years have always been in a constant flux, but many things stayed consistent.
Art has been something that I have always known. My mother often leads my family on a nature walk and when we return home she would ask me to draw an animal or plant that we had seen along our walk. In the last few years, I have become vastly invested in this world. Taking every opportunity to learn a different technique or style. Recently, I have discovered a passion for ink.
It has always been my goal to be able to speak and read Mandarin fluently. I started my journey of learning Mandarin just before my 5th birthday though I had started telling my parents that I wanted to learn Mandarin long before. As of 2016, my teacher tells me that I would be considered an Advanced Intermediate Level speaker. Only in the past few months have I realized how much learning a language changes you.
My mother has always been passionate about Science, especially when concerning the natural world around us. She has passed down her bug to me. Whenever we visit or even drive through a National or State Park with a Junior Ranger program I would always take part. Of course, sometimes I am unwilling, but I believe that it is important to be aware of what habitats we live in and how our actions are possible of harming the world around us.
For as long as I can remember, my family has traveled. In the beginning, it was only weekend trips, riding in the car as most five hours one way and a yearly trip to our favorite island in Hawaii. Eventually though, our urge for traveling grew too much to be simply contained to the one country. Our families first trip out of the country together was to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Since then, we have visited ten more countries.
There is something about traveling that I don’t think I will ever be able to fully describe. It is this feeling of unity with the world, as though you are one with it. This connection to everyone and everything can’t be found by living in the same town your entire life. It can only be discovered and fully, truly, experienced when you’re traveling in a foreign location, where there is a barrier of language of culture. Yet, you are in the present and relaxed after coming to the realization that you’ll never know everything, but that the people around you will help you.