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“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

—St. Ignatius Loyola 

There are a couple ways you can interpret the message St. Ignatius Loyola is expressing: whether it is literally setting the world on fire (which would be completely wrong), or whether it is causing anarchy in the world. I take it to mean to go out into the world and change it. Inspire it with a fiery passion in the hopes that the evils and impurities of the earth are burned away. It is this interpretation that I choose to live by. By going out and learning about the world, taking what I learn from my experiences, and turning it into art, I hope to inspire people, and change the way they look at the world and themselves.

As a little kid I was always interested in art. But I was afraid of becoming an artist until my freshman year of high school when life-changing experiences convinced me that art was my true calling. Those two experiences are: a trip I took to Uganda to help orphans who had AIDS and winning an honorable mention in a website building competition. In Uganda, I met a teen whom I was able to connect with. We traded drawings and talked about art and life. This experience taught me about the universal power art has to connect people. Through the website competition, I learned about the artistic ability I have and used my talents to put together the vision and graphic design for a website. 

In the future I look forward to pursuing art education and working to become a part of the global art community.

Throughout my life, I have been able to participate in opportunities and adventures that many people will never get a chance to experience. I am grateful for these experiences (including the Youth Insights program at the Whitney) because they have actively shaped me, making me who I am today.

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