I find making an impact on someone’s life in a positive way, one of the most important aspects of what I do in life. From small acts of kindness, doing what’s just, and connecting with others. I truly believe in honesty, and passing on a helping hand to those when I can. This brings meaning in my life, as this is what shapes some of the values I have. Following through with what I believe in makes my lifework worthwhile because it makes me feel more confident and fulfilled in what I do, as I am staying true to myself.
Another important aspect of what I do with my lifework is creativity. As much as I love seeing others prosper, I love to create things. Look at how something can be changed, or remade. The process of making art has always been something I’ve done since a very young age. I started with coloring with crayons nonstop, and playing around with watercolors as a young child. To always looking forward to the art projects in middle and high school. To now, taking art classes in college as part of my major. With personal paintings and drawings in between. It was something I could always go to. To just get lost in and let my mind work.
I loved taking one idea and changing it into my own. Often times I found it very therapeutic. I saw times or events were I struggled or succeeded shine through my work. Often times it was a way to help sort out thoughts and feelings in my head, without myself even knowing it. It’s always been something I could use to help me get through something, when I struggled with communicating in other ways. Expressing myself through some of the pieces I make is very much so a part of who I am.
What I would like to do with my life is to make an impact on others’ lives, while continuing to grow my mind through creativity. That is what makes my life and what I do worth while. With my major (expressive arts) I hope to combine the two.
Right now, I am applying to graduate programs. I am interested in working with children or adults with trauma. I am also interested in hospice care. I see myself studying art therapy intensively and getting real life experience in internships. I am excited to see where life will take me. All I know is I will continue to do what I love.
My career goals are to be a licensed art therapist and make a difference in other people’s lives. Giving them strength through art, as it has for me.