My name is Medge. I’m sixteen years old and I live in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager I’m still trying to find myself. I’ve found that a good way to escape my everyday life is through writing and art. With writing I feel like I can vent and let my emotions flow. If I simply look at an artwork I feel refreshed. Letting the different colors wash into my mind makes me relaxed.
I’ve always had an interest in writing. I love how when I’m writing, it feels as if the world around me stops and it’s only me and my thoughts. I can write anything down without being scared of being judged. Writing is my escape from my ordinary life. I haven’t always been interested in art but a couple of years ago I was introduced to the art of Leonid Afremov and instantly fell in love with his work. I remember feeling a physical and emotional tug when looking at his work. To me, the way he uses bright colors to tell a story of regular everyday things and events—for example, a couple in the rain or dancers dancing—simply amazes me. Seeing how he can show so much emotion in his art inspires me to bring the same intensity to my own writing.
A friend of mine told me about Youth Insights because she thought I would be interested in the YI Writers program. I still don’t completely know what I want to be or do in my future, but I know for certain writing and being able to speak on the behalf of people who aren’t able to speak for themselves will be part of my life forever. I know that writing and art will help me to grow and see beyond what the world presents and to look further into my own mind.