Hi, my name is Christian. I am Dominican, and I was born and raised in Washington Heights. I would describe my neighborhood as a clash between “the hood” and cultural pride. I first became interested in Youth Insights when they came to visit while I was participating in the Expanding the Walls program at the Studio Museum in Harlem. I decided to apply after I read about the Writers program and was intrigued by what it had to offer. A few of my interests are photography, playing the piano, and skateboarding. The idea that learning is a form of freedom greatly influences me because I can agree with it one hundred percent. I don’t have specific goals in life, but I know I would love to continue learning.