For years I have felt trapped in my life, caged and isolated. I live with two stringent parents and two old-fashioned grandparents. They see me not as a teenager that wanted to explore the world and experiment with new things, but they see me as a mold that must be shaped into a certain way. Throughout my life, I have been told how to be a good wife, how to behave like a woman, how I should maintain good body shape, and how to dress to be desired by men. It has been hard to be able to express how I feel or how I strive to be as a person. Every time I voice my thoughts, they would say it is wrong. Every time I pick my clothes that I feel would look good on me, they will say it shows too much skin or too tempting for men. A good girl will always cover up their skin. A good girl has to be holy and pure. Getting a tattoo is a sin. Piercings are unacceptable. Public affection is scandalous. Those are the lines that I repeatedly heard my entire life. During the struggles that I endured, I found solace in art. Through the strokes made over a blank canvas, I can express how I genuinely feel without being judged. Through the colors painted, I can express my raw emotions without having to be ashamed. My art knows no boundaries. The shapes that make up the arts meld together, and the different shades of colors used to make the painting often flow together to create a harmonious pattern or clash into a violent frenzy. I love to imagine that I am in a different place, where everything is harmonious and peaceful. Art is my form of escape and a way to awaken the real person that I had neglected for so long. Art is a way to reveal my true self. Ever since then, I have always experimented on different mediums to create art. I was first interested in graphic design when I was in ninth grade; however, I could not afford the tools to make digital art, so I started drawing people on my phone in PicsArt. My first drawing made me fell in love in the possibility of what I am able to do if I was given the right tools. When I reached the age of sixteen, I felt an intense wanderlust that made me want to travel to different parts of the world. I want to search for inspiration, make new connections, experience different cultures, and broaden my mind. I do not want to feel trapped anymore. I wanted to take a massive leap in life and travel far enough to find myself. That is why I decided to go on exchange to the United States. For the first time in my life, I can freely express myself without fearing to look out of place. During my exchange year, a lot of doors have started opening up in my life. I was offered to join Arcata Arts Institute where I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I would consider myself a very fast learner. In a span of four months, I have been able to express my creativity through different mediums. I made four posters, two of which were used for school events. I also made GIFs. I have always felt that my art is my way to communicate with the audience, and what better way to do that than being a graphic designer. I am very interested in marketing and advertising. My goal is to be able to engage people based on the wants, needs, awareness and satisfaction they have about a product, service, brand or events.