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Namrata—Num-rith-aa—that’s me. While being born and raised in New York, I’ve seen a little bit of everything. As an Asian American, most of my life has been spent living in a predominantly white neighborhood. I have always wanted to break away from the conservative values, to be my own person, and to find a true meaning in life.
I had never been particularly interested in museums until I started interning at various museums. I interned at the Staten Island Children’s Museum during my sophomore year in high school because I had previously enjoyed working with kids at summer camps and libraries. It was there that I learned of the Youth Insights program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. As a child, I wanted to work in Manhattan like my father, and became even more excited about Manhattan while taking a college course at New York University. Acceptance into the Youth Insights program gave me the chance to experience the opportunities of the world’s capital city while learning about art.
I believe that art allows people to express themselves. Nothing is ever wrong or right. What you feel is simply what you feel. Some people might disagree; then again, one is always entitled to an opinion. Art can be a place to find common ground. One can always communicate their emotions through art.
While attending a public high school in Staten Island, I participated in many different activities. I have been the vice president of the Indian/Pakistani Club, a member of the Key Club, and the chief editor of the school newspaper. Aside from being a second-year Youth Insights participant, I have also interned at a congressman’s office. I am also beginning an internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the spring. In the future, I will be attending college. Currently, I am undecided about what major I will pursue. My interests lie in many different areas, such as political science, art history, business, and criminal law.
In my free time you can catch me on the Internet, surfing or chatting away. I enjoy shopping, singing, dancing, relaxing, and sleeping, or just going to the movies or bowling. I have a huge interest in philosophy as well. I also love meeting new people. People can describe me as a “people person.”
So far my experience as a Youth Insights participant has helped me express my own observations with clarity and imagination. My commitment to the Whitney Museum of American Art has been a journey into a world of self-development and friendship. I hope I can enhance the leadership, research, and teamwork skills I acquired at the Whitney to confront the challenges of the future.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain