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Hi! My name is Jacqueline, but I prefer to be called Jackie, so call me Jackie. I’m an Asian American, born in the city, and raised in this lively neighborhood called Jackson Heights in Queens. I’m currently a senior at Townsend Harris High School located on the campus of Queens College.
I have multiple interests and I’m discovering new ones every so often. My interest toward art, however, has never wavered. By the time I was able to pick up a crayon, I was drawing. I drew on everything, including the house. Needless to say, my parents were not too happy about that. Yet they saw that I was careful with what I put down on paper, or walls in certain cases. Some tell me it’s a talent I was born with. I believe that, but I also believe that if I want to develop my “natural” talent, I have to practice it. Just for fun, my parents took me to art classes for children at a neighborhood art center when I was six. They couldn’t have imagined the delight I took in drawing, and since I was introduced to the skill, my passion for art has flourished.
But as I get older, and hopefully wiser, I also realize that the art world consists of so much more than what I can do. Art is about “-tions:” communication, interactions, interpretations, imagination, and creations. That is why my experience at Youth Insights is one of such significance. I feel like I’m already growing so much by learning about different contemporary artists, and most importantly, having the chance to share my knowledge with children, adults, and my peers. Through tours and family activities, I have also discovered a lot about people and what they know and want to share with me.
In three years, I see myself still working hard to achieve whatever aspirations I may have at the time. I will be working my way through college and taking on any challenges in my path.