During my last semester of junior year I took a class called International Relations which led into going to the Model UN conference representing different countries for various world problems. The conference was hosted by Lebanon this year and hosted students that came from so many different countries, it was an amazing experience meeting and creating memories with a group of diverse people and creating change that could actually effect the world. My group represented the World Health Organization (WHO) that deals with health issues around the world, I was particularly assigned to the country of Cambodia, learning so much about this country was an amazing learning experience. The overall experience of being in the Model UN Program opened my mind to so many intriguing facets of World Issues- all of a sudden the world came to represent something much more personal than ever before. Drafting a resolution to world health issues within my bloc proved to be an interesting task, to work with people from different countries was an opportunity that I will be forever entranced with. The speaker in my committee for the World Health Organization inspired me so much that I am considering going into this field in the future. This experience has made me see that I could have a calling in this world, in affairs local and international because of the ability to actually influence change in the world for the better. I can say that the Model UN has changed my life helping me realize what I may want to do in the future. Here are some photos of the conference halls that were amazingly beautiful.
This piece is called Wished I really enjoyed playing around with the depth of the grass in this one.
Finally, the first week of summer break before I start my paid summer internship has come, freeing me from the regimented days of the school year. This week has been so relaxing filled with late mornings, crazy sleep schedules, good painting and being able to feel secure in the fact that I have finished my junior year that was filled with the stress of AP classes. While college choices remain a daunting task that I need to buckle down and focus on, I take solace in painting to help me focus on what I may want out of this journey. Painting is something that I haven't been able to do for a while but getting back into it has been well worth the wait. When I start working next week, I for sure will go into my office, rested, sun drenched, and ready to face the world. Here's one of the paintings I did.
Trinity Church in Manhattan's Lower East Side is a sight to behold with its Gothic architectural Magnificence peaking out from behind massive modern skyscrapers; just steps away from the New York Stock Exchange. As you walk into the Church, you are overcome with the feeling of serenity and your mind drifts to the most quiet of places. Trinity Church's mesmerizing and calming aura, from the bustling street of New York City to the beautiful hallowed ground of it's inner sanctuary, leaves you feeling completely at peace. The oldest church in New York City, and once the tallest building in the United Sates until 1869; this church still holds the power of its past in its present state. Trinity Church is the home of Alexander Hamilton's grave, the final resting place of perhaps one of the greatest Americans in History who was instrumental in creating the Bank of North America. Hamilton's engraved headstone and plaque (as seen in photos catagory) is massively impressive and sums up his life poignantly - "Patriot, Soldier, Statesman"- Even in death folks from all over visit, and as a sort of homage to the banking industry's founder they toss coins at his grave...perhaps for some luck in their economic endeavors.
For my first blog post, I will be discussing one of the most recent burdens on my mind... the search for a decent college. As senior year looms around the corner I am left with no other option but to become swept up in the frantic search for a college that will be a good fit for me. This school year so far has only been preparing me for this hectic time of searching, with AP tests and classes, SAT's and now trying to figure out when to take these tests again to get higher scores; all seem like a tornado that one can get sucked in to. So far, I have been visiting colleges that aren't too far away from the city (I don't think I am cut out for that suburban life) and colleges that fit my needs as a student who would like to pursue Journalism and or Political Science. Honestly, I feel like everything is happening so fast, as I finish my Junior year and while it's exciting its also daunting.