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The transition from high school to college was an easy one for me: I was ready to get out of my high school social scene and ready to meet new people. My freshman was everything that I wanted and more. I feel like I’ve grown as a person by learning to live with someone who was at first a complete stranger, by being (almost) financially independent, and not having my mom around when I’m sick. I’ve become a more independent person, which is something that I struggled with previously. I have found friends that for the first time in my life I truly feel like I’ll know them forever. Although parts of this year have no doubt been tough, I think that my life has changed for the better because of it.
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For my artifact, I have chosen my Millennium Goals Project. This project is one that I completed for my international affairs scholars’ seminar, after researching the sixth goal: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. In Southern Africa, 25% of the population has HIV/AIDS. And while Malaria is curable, I learned that children in rural areas of the region often find the disease to be fatal due to lack of healthcare. These realizations changed my perspective on these ailments significantly. This project was important to me because it not only got me thinking about the Millennium Goal to which I was assigned, but also all of the other ones presented. I believe that having more of a global mindset and focusing on issues in regions outside of the United States is so important for students. The project reminded me again of how fortunate I am and allowed me to begin thinking of ways to spread the good will.
I have begun to work on a project in which I will educate teachers on chronic diseases. Although this is a local endeavor, I hope that one day I can use this and what I have taken from my Millennium Goals project to expand ideas like this one globally.
After quitting my part-time job at a café to start a photography business, my sophomore year of high school changed quite a bit. I began working small local gigs, from Christmas card pictures to birth announcements. However, I found my client list growing longer and the jobs greater. Soon after starting the business, I was shooting at bar mitzvahs and weddings. For my personal work, I focused on issues close to home; depicting the microcosm that is my community through photographs. My work was displayed in small gallery spaces after winning local competitions, but it wasn’t until a photograph of mine was displayed at the Houses of Parliament in London when I decided that photojournalism was what I wanted to do. The image, a simple 11×14 color photograph of my sister was appealing, but it was the blurb of 150 words next to it that brought it meaning. The words explain her struggle with type one diabetes and explained why more should be aware of the chronic disease. Although the grins in family portraits are laughable, I decided that I wanted my photography to mean something.
Being a photographer is a large part of who I am, however throughout my schooling I’ve always held interest in other subjects as well. It was for that reason that I chose The Ohio State University. Here, I am majoring in art with a specialization in photography. I am minoring in International Studies and Diplomacy and thinking about adding a geography minor as well. My passion for international affairs is just as important to stress, as I have hopes of being a photojournalist. My involvement in the International Affairs Scholars program as well as the Collegiate Council on World Affairs have also helped me grow closer to that goal.