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My name is Yasmina. I was born in Egypt and moved to the United States when I was four years old. Although I consider myself completely Americanized, my heritage still plays an important role in my life. Thanks to the foundation of culture that exists at home, our daily routines are a product of what my parents carried over with them when they came here. Sometimes I feel torn between both my American culture and my Egyptian one. However, when I take the time to fully reflect on everything, I realize that I’m actually very lucky to have the best of two very distinct worlds. The open-minded person I am today is due to both my cultural background and the place where I’ve grown up most of my life.
This past summer, I was going into tenth grade in High School. Finding out about Youth Insights was completely coincidental. I was merely on my school website checking for my summer homework when I came across a link to the program. After reading into it, I decided that I wanted to apply. The main thing that caught my attention was that the program had a writing division. For as long as I can remember, writing has been my passion. I’m not one to tell people about any problems or issues that I go through, so writing has always been my means of ventilation. That’s probably one of the crucial reasons why I’m so attached to it and why I consider it to be special to me specifically. I used to be a shy person–and although that has changed significantly, writing still continues to be a way for me to express myself.
On the other hand, art compels me because of the endless possibilities one has with it. To me, anything can be considered art. It’s fascinating to see how art changes over time as well. Obviously art from the 1900s is going to differ greatly from modern twenty-first-century art, but nonetheless it’s fun to be able to come up with those differences, as well as any similarities that they may share. Although both art and writing are means of self-expression, there’s still quite a big distinction between the two. When reading a piece of someone’s writing you’re technically reading their exact thoughts, but when looking at an artwork you have to try and decipher what the artist was thinking when they created the piece. I feel inspired at the most spontaneous moments. In fact, I may not realize the impact of that moment right away, but it soon hits me. I can even be inspired by something as simple as an exchange between two people that in turn I can take and make into a story. I believe that inspiration is all around me no matter where I may be, I just have to keep an eye out and find it. In the near future, I plan to study journalism and psychology and I aspire to pursue journalism as my career, because with a career as versatile as that, the possibilities and opportunities are innumerable.